Thank You for voting Deirdre O'Donovan in our recent local elections. I am delighted to have topped the poll and be re-elected on the first count. I will continue to work on your behalf so please contact me if I can be of help.
A Little About Me
Hello there, I was elected to the Rathfarnham Ward of South Dublin County Council in 2014 and since then have worked full-time representing the people of my community. Now, I am running in the Firhouse/Bohernabreena Ward and look forward to taking care of my current constituents and the new ones of Ballycullen and Firhouse. And let me stress in the strongest terms that as a member of Fianna Fail I will continue to stand up for local communities, my stance and position on development and Part 8s will be exactly as it has been for the past five years.
Knocklyon United Pitches
I have led the campaign to save Knocklyon United’s pitches in Ballycullen for almost a year now. Given the amount of development within this area, we need more facilities in our community, not have vital amenities taken away. We must do all we can to stop the proposed housing on the site and to instead secure the site for the development of this fantastic Club, which caters for hundreds of local boys and girls.
Saving Green Spaces
One of the biggest challenges we face in the coming years is preserving green spaces. Last October Sinn Fein brought forward a Motion calling for all open green spaces to be considered for development – that’s any green space within estates, etc. We have a housing shortage but we can’t solve one crisis by creating another one. Once green spaces are lost, they can’t be recovered and such development must be done with existing communities in mind.
During the General Election campaign of 2016, all local representatives attended a meeting at the Gaelscoil to highlight their battle to finally get a school building. At that meeting, I pledged to keep the Gaelscoil on the agenda at SDCC and after almost a year of doing so, we finally got confirmation that the legal issues blocking the building had been resolved and now the school are finally going to get the facilities they deserve.
Back in July 2018, I started raising issues with the works carried out along the Scholarstown Road as part of the Tallaght to Ballyboden Cycletrack. But matters really came to a head when works on the Orlagh Roundabout began in September. The main issue was taking the two lanes out and replacing them with just one – a change that was made without any public consultation and without the backing or agreement of local councillors. Again, I have led the campaign to reinstate the two lanes. The changes have caused chaos for local residents already struggling with poor infrastructure. I set up an online petition which over 4,500 people have signed and will continue to battle on their behalf to have the roundabout changed back.
Home Security Scheme
As a community campaigner, I have been heavily involved in Neighbourhood Watch Schemes throughout the Rathfarnham, Knocklyon, Ballycullen and Firhouse areas. One of the recurring issues was how vulnerable our elderly residents felt in their homes. So I proposed taking money from the fund set aside for overseas conferences for Councillors and instead using it to provide the most secure anti-snap locks for front doors for elderly or vulnerable people living alone in private homes across the county. I am incredibly proud that my initiative has given thousands of our older residents a sense of security in their homes.
Chair of the Joint Policing Committee
As Chair of the Joint Policing Committee on South Dublin County Council, I have been instrumental in giving local Neighbourhood Watch and Residents Association Groups improved access to community policing resources by extending the Quarterly District Neighbourhood Watch Meetings. These meetings are chaired by the Inspector in charge of Community Policing in the area and have seen additional Garda resources allocated to Rathfarnham Garda Station as a result of representations made.
Chair of the Social and Community Strategic Policy Committee on South Dublin County Council
Given my commitment to community, it is hugely rewarding to see my initiatives – Flavours of South Dublin Food Festival, Intercultural Cook-off and Free Carbon Monoxide Alarms for the Elderly – prove such an huge success and make such an enormous impact.
Archaeological Dig at the former home of former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave
Again, I have led the way in making sure whatever the archaeological significance of the find at these lands is, that it is preserved for future generations. I had a Motion down at our last Council meeting to determine what the archaeological importance is and that due process under the Monuments Act is being followed.
As a local, committed County Councillor, I am happy to have help set up or support and continue to work with the following Community Groups: Knocklyon Woods RA, Glenvara RA, Woodfield RA, Woodstown RA, Glenlyon Residents, Castlefield RA, Prospect Manor RA, Boden Residents, Landsdowne Park RA, Airpark RA, Stocking Wood RA, Dalriada RA, Hunterswood RA, Rathlyon RA, Daletree RA, Oakdale RA, Beechdale RA, Monalea RA, Oldcourt Road RA, FAB, Ferncourt, Knocklyon Network, Cherryfield Dog Walkers, Dodder Valley RA, Ellensborough Residents, Orlagh RA, KOBRA, Coolamber Residents, Westbourne Lodge RA, Woodstock Park RA, Kilakee Residents, Parkland RA, Wood Dale RA, Woodlawn RA, Grangebrook RA, Moyville RA, Springvale Residents, Moyville.
Let’s not forget the kids
Finally, while working full-time as a County Councillor, I am also a busy mum-of-two. I was delighted to be part of the St. Colmcilles NS Parents Association for a number of years and still volunteer regularly for Communion and Confirmation teas, as well as working closely with the school principals on their issues. And for me it’s all about giving back and I am pleased to do that by running a Kids Cards Club in Firhouse. Not all kids are sporty and it’s great to get kids who love Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh Cards together to play, have fun and make friends. And I am the Group Leader of 112th Knocklyon Scouts which is a very rewarding role.