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LOCAL AREA COUNCILLOR 1988-2011

KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL

County Councillor 1991-2005 & 2008-2011

 

Elected to Kildare County Council on my first attempt in 1991, I represented the Leixlip, Celbridge, Maynooth and Ardclough area. I was re-elected in 1999 in the redrawn electoral area of Leixlip and Maynooth, and ran as an Independent Candidate in the Local Elections of June 2004 where I topped the poll with 21% of the vote.

Chairperson of the following between 1991 & 2005

  • Leixlip Area Committee
  • Transportation Strategic Policy Committee (SPC)
  • Planning & Economic Development SPC
  • County Development Board
  • Finance Committee

Committee Member Between 1991 & 2005

  • Corporate Policy Group
  • Protocol Committee
  • Housing & Social Inclusion Strategic Policy Committee
  • Vocational Education Committee (nominee of Kildare County Council)
  • The board of The Leixlip Amenities Center (Kildare County Council representative)

Major Issues Since 1991

Among the major issues which I have been to the forefront on since 1991 are

  • planning in the interests of the community
  • proper accounting for funds such as development levies, which are key to providing facilities and open local government
  • demanding that meetings are held in public
  • campaigning for improved facilities and services

 

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LEIXLIP TOWN COUNCIL

Leixlip Town Councillor 1988-2004 & 2008-2011

 

First Step Into Public Representation
As a member of The Leixlip Combined Residents Association I was involved in the sub-committee which was dedicated to campaigning for Town Status, a goal that was achieved in 1988 when Leixlip was awarded the grade of Town Commission.

Establishment of Leixlip Town Council
Leixlip Town Commission was established in 1988 and under the new Local Government Act (2001) was reclassified as a Town Council. Leixlip is one of just four towns that have been awarded Town Status in the history of the state. Elections were held in 1988, 1994, 1999 and 2004 for the nine seat Town Council and on all four occasions I was fortunate to have been elected comfortably, topping the poll in the 2004 elections with two quotas.

Cathaoirleach
I served as Cathaoirleach of the Town Council following the most recent election and up until my election to Dáil Éireann in 2005. I have been honoured to hold that position on three previous occasions.

Increase in Scope & Power
While the name changed under recent legislation there is a strong demand for increased powers to be afforded to Town Councils, these include the power to make devise a development plan for the town concerned. .

Meetings
Leixlip Town Council meets once a month and has a number of sub-committees that report to the monthly meeting.

Committees
In my previous capacity as a Leixlip Town Councillor I represented the Council on

County Development Bord

  • Honorary President of the Leixlip Twinning Association
  • Convenor of the Traffic & Transport Committee
  • Convenor of the Leisure & Social Affairs Committee
     

As convenor of Leixlip Town Council traffic & transport committee I contacted and worked with representatives from Maynooth, Kilcock, Dublin 15, Dublin 7 Community Councils towards upgrading the Maynooth Rail line to a double track.

We co-wrote a document used to lobby the Minister for Transport and the 14 TD’s in the Constituencies surrounding this train line and, when the third Luas line was dropped, our demands were finally met.

The work has concluded, and the service is a victim of its own success with a high level of demand for increased frequency of services.

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