Cllr Mary McCamley
Mary was elected onto Fingal County Council for the Mulhuddart Ward in the May 2014 local elections having been co-opted onto the Council in early 2012.
As a full time Councillor, Mary is a member of numerous committees dealing with schools, tidy districts, safer neighbourhoods and youth activities, all with the purpose of improving Dublin 15 as a good place to live, bring up a family or run a business.
Mary is a member of the advisory committee of Foroige (Mulhuddart), and is a board member of Riversdale Community post-primary school.
Cllr Brendan Carr
A Trade Union official representing workers in the Services division, Brendan was elected in the 2014 local elections, after having previously served on the Council for ten years, serving also as Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin City.
Among the local issues of concern to Brendan are:
- Increased Community Policing
- Safer traffic calming controls
- Development of Grangegorman campus
Local Area Representative John Walsh
I am a lecturer and researcher in education policy, working in the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin. I am passionate about education both in my job and in my work as a local representative. I hold a doctorate in education and work closely with schools and teachers on a day to day basis. I am proud to serve as a member of the board of management of Castleknock Community College (CCC) and of the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board. Investment in schools and third-level colleges is crucial to give everyone the best possible opportunities.
Achieving better planning and responsible development in our area is one of my key priorities. The solution to the housing crisis is not irresponsible development of the kind that we saw before, but providing more family homes, affordable housing for young people and the opportunity for residents in mature areas to ‘trade down’ to high quality houses or apartments in their local area. I have represented local residents and communities on planning applications to prevent irresponsible development and protect the historic village of Castleknock, most recently in an oral hearing with An Bord Pleanála against the Lidl development proposed for Castleknock village. We cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the property boom: currently developers have a great deal of influence within the planning process and I will work to rebalance this to ensure that the voice of local communities is heard.
More generally, I believe in working with local communities, sports clubs and residents’ associations to find constructive solutions to local problems.
Some priorities for the community:
Investing in education: Maintain and expand investment in our primary and secondary schools in Clonsilla, Castleknock and Blanchardstown to meet growing demand. Greater development of further education is also badly needed, in conjunction with the expansion of Blanchardstown Institute of Technology within a new technological university.
Jobs: promote job creation and increased opportunities for job training to ensure that people who have been unemployed for longer periods are not left behind as the economy improves.
Community-led development: campaign for responsible planning to ensure that there is no return to the reckless development and irresponsible re-zonings of the past.
Protecting our environment: improve the use of our local parks, canals and other amenities and preserve the Liffey valley special amenity area.
Improving amenities: Residents have been paying the Local Property Tax for three years – we should expect to secure improvements in local services so that residents get real value for money from this tax.
I will campaign to keep up investment in our schools, improve local amenities and ensure that planning and development in our area is driven by the community.
I would like to hear from you – let me know of your concerns or priorities for our area.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me – email me or give me a call.
Local Area Representative Elaine Dooley
I have been appointed Local Area Representative for the new Ongar Ward and will work closely with Cllr Mary McCamley to represent the area.
I’m from Blanchardstown and have lived in Dublin 15 area all my life.
I am a board member in St Benedict’s National School and previously was a board member on Hartstown Community Centre.
I attended Blakestown Community School and went on to Trinity College Dublin, where I graduated with a degree in Social Studies with the support of the Trinity Access Programme.
Dublin 15’s population is growing, but more work needs to be done to ensure we have enough school places, sufficient transportation and good quality planning on issues such as housing to support the growth in our area.
I am currently working with Joan Burton supporting her in her role as spokesperson on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and The Arts.