I grew up in Templeogue, and live on Templeville Road with my husband and daughter. I have been a voice for others all my life, whether as a practising barrister, or formerly as a CEO presiding over the building and provision of 55 units of housing and support services for homeless young people, or reaching out within our community founding Soup Runs, volunteering with FLAC and or representing families in the restructuring of their finances, staying in their homes, negotiating the restoration of tracker mortgages and advocating for compensation and I have taught counselling skills in Rwanda to community leaders working with genocide survivors. I have worked as a Parliamentary Advisor, writing a number of submissions for the Constitutional Convention.
My Priorities & Ideas
As a local election candidate I have been very vocal about the implications of Bus Connects, meeting residents groups, providing practical assistance to the community in making submissions; I have provided crucial and well attended public training for child safety on line; I have advocated for the restoration of telephone lines for elderly residents in areas where the infrastructure is outdated leaving them without their phone lines and consequently crucial support services; I’ve had trees listed for maintenance and where there are no trees, had the area noted for inclusion in future planting schedules, I’ve assisted with consumer complaints, advocated for autism support services and enabled supports, sought the area engineer for the provision of double yellow lines, park railings, traffic calming measures, footpath and lighting repairs. I have brought my skills and experience to work for this community, I would like the opportunity to continue to do this for the next five years.
Why I am (or will be) a good politician
I have spent my adult life being an advocate for others as a barrister or working with numerous charities and local voluntary groups. I run a successful management consultancy business with my husband. I believe my experience is an asset to the residents in Rathfarnham Templeogue. This neighbourhood needs competent and capable representatives who listen and are strong advocates to ensure a fairer distribution of services, I am such a person.
Name three characteristics of a great politician
Great politicians listen to the electorate, respond with honesty and work hard to achieve the best quality of life for their constituents.
What would you like to achieve in the next 5 years?
I would like to see diverse housing developments for young and old in the community, good and long term public transport infrastructure, quality and efficient tree and footpath maintenance, support for local enterprises, greenways and linear parks.
What politician or ex-politician outside Ireland do you admire and why?
Barack Obama – he made tough decisions, always showed his humanity with humility and never forgot where he came from or who put him there!
What is the one mistake you witness politicians making more frequently than others?
The opposite of Barack Obama – they forget who put them there and the privilege it is to work in the service of the community.
In politics there can be a tendency for the “system” to dampen the “inspiration.” How do you keep this from happening?
By keeping my eye on the objective – the main thing – a community that is better off having me working for and representing it – even when it takes patience and is frustrating!
What personal or professional achievement are you most proud of?
I am the person my daughter believes me to be and I like myself in through her eyes.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Just do it, don’t think about everything so much, just be brave and do it.
What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Genuine, tenacious, friend
Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?
The people in my life – my friends and family are extraordinary, fun, intelligent people – especially my husband David.
What values are most important to you?
Honesty and loyalty