I was honoured to be elected in May 2019 as the Labour Party Councillor representing the Bray East Area on Wicklow County Council.
As many people in Bray already know, I spent almost fifteen years in total as a Councillor on the Bray Town Council and Wicklow County Council. I was Cathaoirleach of the Bray Council on two occasions and was honoured to be the second woman in the history of Wicklow County Council to be elected to the position of Cathaoirleach of that body. In 2011, I contested and won a seat in Dáil Éireann for the Labour Party and in my time as a Dáil Deputy, I was Vice-Chair of the Labour Parliamentary Party and Vice-Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Justice and Equality. I was also a member of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee for two years.
Women's rights and equality have always been of great importance to me and I have been involved in many campaigns down the years including equal pay, divorce and women's reproductive rights. It goes without saying that women are hugely under-represented in Dáil Éireann and on local authorities. I hold a diploma accredited to Maynooth College in Women's Studies.
When I lost my Dáil seat in 2016, I made a decision to apply for the Access to Lifelong Learning programme in UCD, a year-long course that enables and supports people returning to higher education. After successfuly completing the Access course, I embarked on a full-time degree programme in UCD and I now expect to graduate with a History & English degree in 2020. Being a mature student in UCD has been both enriching and rewarding and I would recommend the Access programme to anyone with spare time on their hands and with a thirst for knowledge!
Since my election to Wicklow County Council in May, I have been elected to the following positions -
- Leas-Cathaoirleach of the Bray Municipal District Council for 2019-2020.
- Member of the Kildare Wicklow Education & Training Board.
- Member of the Bray Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force.
- Member of the Bray Harbour Joint Development Committee.
- Member of the Bray Swimming Pool Committee.
I hope during the next five years to represent the people of the Bray Municipal District, i.e. Bray, Enniskerry and Kilmacanogue, to the best of my ability and would encourage anyone with a local issue or concern to contact me, preferably via email. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, I would like to thank all those people who once again put their trust in me and voted for me in the 2019 Local Elections.