Dave Quinn has lived in Dun Laoghaire Monkstown for over 20 years, raising a family of four children. Dave is an engineering graduate from Trinity College and he started a computer software company in 1980 and he employs people locally.
Along with other local parents, he helped start The Red Door in 2001, a special school for children with autism. Dave is a board member of Inclusion Ireland, the national organisation representing people with intellectual disabilities. Dave is also an active member of Basic Income Ireland advocating for basic income as a means to modernise our tax and social welfare systems for the benefit of all. He also sings in the local choir – badly!
My Priorities & Ideas
I was drawn to the Social Democrats because of their values and their ambitions of equality, respect and fairness – all achieved through a prosperous economy that protects and nurtures the environment.
Housing has to be a top priority in terms of what has to be addressed by the new Council. The policies that are in place are not working to provide the volume of social or affordable housing that the country needs. Every Council has a real role to play in addressing this. Our ambition should be set much higher than it is at the moment and we need to engage all of our medium-sized builders to each build small numbers of homes.
It is the Council’s responsibility to foster and develop both well-being and social inclusion. A plan to put the UN CRPD must be agreed and put into action. The Council must insist that the HSE plans for and provides the necessary support services so that people with disability can avail of social housing.