JOAN BURTON

 

As Tánaiste and Labour Leader, my focus is on driving economic and social recovery, so that every person benefits from renewed prosperity. At local level, I’m working tirelessly to make Dublin West the best possible place to live, work and raise a family. So that the recovery is felt through more jobs, new schools, better parks and amenities. So that USC is reduced to ensure workers have more take home pay. And so that pensioners, carers and people with disabilities get extra payments.

The Live Register in Dublin West has fallen by nearly a third since we came into government, as people are going back to work, and in the past year, we’ve seen a series of additional jobs announcements at IBM, Alexion, Bristol Myers Squibband Guidewire, involving hundreds of new jobs.

I have worked extremely hard in Government with first Ruairi Quinn and now Jan O’Sullivan to ensure major investment in schools nationally and locally. In Dublin West, a number of new schools have opened and work is under way on several more. These include: Hansfield Educate Together primary and secondary schools; Gaelscoil an Chuilinn Tyrellstown; St Mochta’s Clonsilla; St Patrick’s Corduff; Le Cheile Tyrellstown; and Luttrelstown Community College. Under the recent schools capital plan, we announced six major new building projects for schools in Dublin West.

A new primary care centre has opened on the Navan Road, to cater for residents in Navan Road, Ashtown and Pelletstown. This follows on from the brand new centre opened in Blanchardstown last year. Another new centre is planned for Corduff.

Together, we have overcome massive challenges and got Ireland back on its feet.