My name is Cllr. Deirdre O’Donovan from Knocklyon. I have been working together with Independent TD Shane Ross for the past five years and in 2014 was elected to South Dublin County Council as an Independent County Councillor.
Since then I have been working full time connecting with community groups from Tallaght, Firhouse, Knocklyon, Greenhills, Templeogue and Rathfarnham, the area I represent.
I am a mum-of-two who has seen the devastation caused to families and communities by the financial crash.
My parents made huge sacrifices to educate me so that I wouldn’t have to struggle like they did. But when the crash came myself and my generation found ourselves in a worse position than our parents could ever have imagined.
Saddled with massive mortgages, childcare costs and struggling to keep going despite redundancies and massive pay cuts all because we hoped to own our own home.
And that is how I become involved in politics. At the last General Election I was so disillusioned by the party political system – there was no-one representing ordinary people like me. I knew I had to do something and that was when I volunteered for Deputy Shane Ross and helped get him elected in 2011.
And since becoming a County Councillor I see first-hand the failings of the current political system.
We need real representation by real people who know the value of money and who have a commitment to community and that is why I am putting myself forward as an Independent Candidate for the next General Election in the Dublin South West Constituency. And as a local, active, engaged and effective public representative, I hope you will support me.
1. Political Reform.
We have to change the way we do politics in this country. Since taking my seat on South Dublin County Council I have seen first-hand how broken the party political system is and how the culture of cronyism and corruption has failed the ordinary hard-working people of this country. It’s time for real change and real representation. Working together with other Independents in SDCC, I have made a real impact and look forward to working with likeminded Independents in Dail Eireann to effect real political reform. As a community volunteer, my motivation is not ‘What’s in it for me’, but ‘What can I do for my community’,
2. Value For Money Mentality.
Most of us know the value of money because we have to work hard to earn it and yet subsequent governments squander and waste our hard-earned cash.
The recent €37m spend on a new Postcode System which no-one uses is a prime example of the government’s wanton waste of money. And they have even ignored their own advisor’s advice on how to safeguard our economic recovery, instead borrowing more money to try and buy this election. This government has learnt nothing from the recession.
3. Community Values.
During the economic crash, as families struggled to cope and funding for basic services was cut to the bone, it was the community volunteer section that kept this Country going. These are the values – together with the expertise and experience of those working on the ground to solve society’s problems – we need to deliver a sustainable and responsible recovery.
I don’t just make empty promises – I stand on my impressive record of what I have already delivered in my short term as a County Councillor, helping thousands of residents by assisting the setting up and development of Residents Associations and Community Groups, hosting a Community Congress for groups to share expertise and knowledge to improve each of our areas and I have hosted hundreds at my Community Leaders Lunches in Dail Eireann where those who give their time and energy to run our vital local support and sports groups throughout the County link together.
And thanks to my involvement in the Neighbourhood Watch scheme, I know the real security fears facing our elderly residents so by taking money set aside for Councillors Expenses – I have instead used it to create the Home Security Pilot Scheme for the Elderly.
- Chairperson of the Joint Policing Committee
- Chairperson of the Rathfarnham/Terenure/Templeogue Area Committee
- Member of the Environment Strategic Policy Committee
- Member of the Regional Health Forum, meeting with the HSE every month to raise issues affecting constituents.
So don’t just wonder what this New Year will bring, be part of a new political revolution in 2016 and give me your No.1 on polling day.
We are a small but dedicated group of volunteers, funding this campaign with a small Credit Union loan, we hope to call to as many houses as possible during the election campaign, but if we don’t reach you, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 086 3924209 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or call into my Constituency Office at 5A Village Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24.