Community Activist Peggy Hamill chosen to replace Joan Burton on Council

Joan Burton, TD, has resigned her seat on Fingal County Council following the introduction of legislation ending the Dual Mandate.

Fingal County Council has co-opted Ms Peggy Hamill to be the successor to Joan Burton TD on the Council. Cllr. Hamill is a long standing resident of Blanchardstown and Castleknock, who has served on many community based initiatives.

Cllr. Hamill originally trained as a Nurse and worked in the Ireland and the UK, including the Mater Hospital. Peggy also studied for a diploma in Social Studies in conjunction with Coolmine Community School and Maynooth, specialising in Drug Abuse.

Cllr. Hamill said, “I am delighted to be taking over Joan Burton’s Council seat and look forward to continuing her work on the Council. Castleknock is one of the fastest growing areas in the Country and it deserves the facilities and resources to match that population growth.”

As a Councillor, Peggy has said that her priorities will be to ensure that with all of the additional house building taking place in Castleknock and Blanchardstown, that such development must be accompanied by proper infrastructure – primary and secondary schools, crèche facilities, open spaces and public transport.

Cllr. Hamill added, that as a Nurse, who has worked with elderly people, she is particularly conscious that in Blanchardstown and Clonsilla, there is a need to develop a wider range of day-care services and home support for the areas, growing elderly population. This is need to allow as many older people as possible to stay at home and remain within their own community.

“My first challenge, as a new Councillor, will be dealing with the preparation of the new Development Plan for Fingal. I plan to fight hard to ensure that the Liffey Valley and the Tolka Valley are protected as Green Spaces for our local communities. I want planning that benefits the community in general and not just Developers who are looking for profit.”

Cllr. Peggy Hamill has been involved in many community initiatives in Dublin 15. She was a founder member of the Brace Centre for Adult Education in Blanchardstown, and has also worked with Eastern Community Works, a support system, which helps families to overcome serious difficulties. In addition, she helped establish the Coolmine Mother and Toddler Group. Like many parents in the Castleknock area, she campaigned hard for the establishment of Castleknock Community College and, as a parent in the School, has been involved in fundraising and the Parents Group.

She also served on the parent/teacher committee of St. Mochtas National School and recently served as a member of the Fingal County Council Liffey Valley Management Committee

Her long Labour Party involvement includes working for Mary Robinson’s Presidential Election campaign and Joan Burton’s Council and Dail campaigns.

She worked as an assistant to Cllr. Michael O’Donovan and Joan Burton and presently she works on the Information Desk in the Blanchardstown Public Library.