This is a critical time for our community, and the country as a whole. During the pandemic, many of us reflected on what is important, what we really care about, and how we want to shape the future. Now is the time to put those ideas into action.
As we cautiously emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, we have an opportunity to hope for change. I have long campaigned for a fairer, safer and more tolerant Dublin; and a more equal and progressive Ireland.
Now I am campaigning for the opportunity to continue that work through representing our community in Dublin Bay South.
Go raibh maith agat,
A new start for our communities
As we cautiously begin coming through the Covid-19 pandemic, now is the time to shape a better future and provide a new start for our communities.
We need to build on the common purpose and solidarity that have got us through the last year. It’s time for a New Social Contract to deliver real change on housing, childcare and social care, climate action and public amenities.
For many families in Dublin Bay South, childcare places are not available or are too expensive. I have led a campaign for the introduction of a universal public childcare system, providing high-quality affordable childcare options for all parents and children.
I am also working with parents’ groups across the constituency to ensure that more funded places are available in local schools for children with autism and additional needs.
Adult care and support policies must also change. For too long, state funding has prioritised care in nursing homes and institutions. I want a New Fair Deal that provides funding to support the independence of older persons and couples who choose to remain at home.
I served on the Board of Friends of the Earth Ireland when it was first established and in 2007 introduced the first Climate Protection Bill seeking to set emissions targets for Ireland.
As a committed cyclist, I have worked for years to provide greater safety and improved cycling infrastructure, particularly important as more people have switched to bikes during the pandemic.
We need more investment in our public parks and civic spaces; as a keen sea swimmer, I am also working to enhance use of Dublin Bay.
I will continue to advocate for urgent climate action; the ending of reliance on fossil fuels; and the introduction of a ‘Green New Deal.’
We have a housing emergency and this government has failed to make a difference.
Providing access to quality, affordable homes is vital to the future of our communities.
This can happen through a significantly increased supply of affordable housing, for purchase and for rent. We also need to end the scandal of land speculation, end the dominance of ‘cuckoo’ funds, and ensure that anyone who is homeless can access secure and appropriate accommodation.