Denis Leonard was elected in the Kinnegad Electoral area for the Westmeath County Council Elections in 2019 having previously served on the council from 2009-2014 when he was Leas Cathaoirleach, and chair of the Transport and Panning SPC.
He is married to Mary and has two children. He has served over 35 years in education as a teacher and guidance counsellor and is currently principal of Dunboyne College of Further Education which is a further education/PLC college serving over 1000 students. He was an underage GAA coach for over 25 years and has run numerous school extracurricular activities especially in the area of human rights, environment, Cooperation North, and community development.
Denis Leonard served 5 years as a director on the board of Bord na Mona and is on the Longford Westmeath Education Training Board for twelve years to date. He has served on the boards of Greenpeace, Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment, and NICHS a North South Children’s Charity.
He also worked actively for many years with Trocaire, the Chernobyl Children’s Project, Amnesty International, and the Irish Wheelchair Association. He received a Civic Merit Award from President Mary McAleese for 25 years as a President’s Award Leader. He has extensive experience in the area of the environment, producing and presenting a radio programme on environmental issues for five years for Midlands 103. He has worked for many local and national transport, environment, community development and charity organisations and has served as Chairperson of the Westmeath Heritage Forum.
He has a degree in Arts and a Master’s degree in Equality Studies from UCD, as well as a postgraduate degree in Guidance from Maynooth University. Originally from Mayo, Denis also spent 11 early years in Chicago, taught in Dublin for 12 years, but has spent most of his adult life in Kinnegad where he is chair of the Kinnegad Action Plan steering group and founded the Kinnegad Community Council where he served 10 years as secretary.
He is also a long time campaigner for the reopening of Killucan Railway station, secretary of the successful campaign to stop a super dump on Killucan Kinnegad road, and has spearheaded the drive for a secondary school in Kinnegad.
He is the current liaison person with Westmeath County Council for rural development funding. Denis has given his life to public service and is passionate about rural development, sustainable panning, local amenities, proper educational facilities and a real care for the environment.
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Cllr Denis LeonardThe Labour Party
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