My name is Aoife Flynn Kennedy and I am looking for your No. 1 vote in the upcoming local elections on May 24th. I live in Bray with my husband, three children, my parents Peter & Roisin and am a former student of Loreto Bray. I believe strongly in the power of community action and have been involved in my community for many years. I am currently Chairperson of the East Coast Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force, working with the community on the harm caused by addiction. I am also an active Scouter with 5th Wicklow Bray Sea Scouts for the last ten years. My work in the disability sector ensures that I am very aware of the challenges faced by individuals and their families, seeking supports and accessing their rights. My qualifications are in Local Government, Housing, Addiction & Social Policy.
My Priorities & Ideas
If elected my key priorities will be;
– Supporting existing business’ and creating new business opportunities in our community.
– Increasing social and affordable housing in the area.
– Working closely with the local authority to address traffic congestion in the town and on the N11 and ensuring that community voices are heard throughout the planned improvement works.
– Protecting our communities for the future by increasing environmental awareness and greener practices.
– Addressing access issues which continue to prevent individuals with a disability from getting around their community.
– Building a strong community by supporting local organisations and addressing the needs of the most vulnerable.
Why I am (or will be) a good politician
My professional qualifications are in the areas of Housing, Addiction, Local Government and Social Policy, in conjunction with my voluntary roles, life experiences and employment, I believe that this allows me to have a better understanding of the wide range of issues facing our community. I am passionate about bringing the voice of the community to the table and would be honoured to facilitate these voices being heard. I am hard working and have a track record to support this. I am honest and transparent and will do my upmost to ensure that all facts are available to assist people in making informed decisions.
Name three characteristics of a great politician
Good communication – to deliver a message in clear and concise manner.
Honesty – in particular when times are tough and the truth is no always the popular answer.
The ability to really listen to what is being said and take action.
What would you like to achieve in the next 5 years?
Implementation of the built environment access audits of the town.
Supports for the most vulnerable in the town, in particular after the loss of HomeLink service.
More Approved Housing Bodies working in the area.
What is the one mistake you witness politicians making more frequently than others?
Not listening to the community and becoming disconnected.
In politics there can be a tendency for the “system” to dampen the “inspiration.” How do you keep this from happening?
Having worked in 3 local authorities I understand how this can happen, but in every department there are champions only waiting to create real change – I find these people and support them in any way I can.
What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Genuine, honest and fair.
What values are most important to you?
Friendship and caring. Empathy and compassion. A genuine belief in others.
How do you keep yourself motivated?
I ensure that I stay in contact with those around me and listen. I remind myself that there is always work to be done and improvements can always be made.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
I never stop researching and studying. I have just completed training in Diversity and Equality with Carlow IT, and I am currently undertaking training in advanced leadership.