I missed Ireland when I lived abroad and came home because I wanted see my children grow up here. I found that a lot of problems that we have in Ireland have already been solved in other countries where they enjoy a better standard of living.
My background is in software development. I worked for Microsoft and Citigroup in the past but I was always interested in the environment and volunteered for local disability and children’s education charities.
In 2014 I was elected a Green Party Councillor to represent Dún Laoghaire. I work as a technical Project Manager in Saint Vincent’s Hospital and I volunteer as a mentor at a local CoderDojo, teaching young people computer programming and other technical skills.
During my period on the council, I have worked to improve the standard of living of people in Dún Laoghaire by improving the environment we live in.
Here are some of the projects I have worked on:
- I set a new levy on vacant shops to deal with absentee landlords leaving their premises fallow. This led to a 20% reduction in the vacancy rate in the county and gave us the budget to quadruple spending on homelessness;
- I have worked to persuade a majority of councillors to change the local building insulation and ventilation rules for the 25,000 homes planned to be built here in the next six years.
- I have worked with Dutch road engineers studying cycle lane and road junction design. Since then I have worked to change our local road projects to meet best Dutch practice so that children can safely walk and cycle to school;
- I have taken part in many planning cases – seeking to improve rather than prevent development.
We know that we can enjoy a better standard of living, because other countries already do. If you believe that we can have a better quality of life here in Ireland, then I’m asking for your No. 1 vote on February 26th and let’s put a Green Voice in Dáil Éireann.