I am a member of the Social Democrats, a centre-left political party in Ireland, and I’m actively involved with the party’s local branch for the Cork South Central constituency. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Irish & Welsh, and a Master’s degree in Writing & Communication in Irish, both from University College Dublin. In my spare time, I volunteer with the Greater Chernobyl Cause, and enjoy creative writing (as the rest of my website will prove!).
Ní daonlathas go daonnacht.
Democracy requires a sense of decency.
Committed to Community
Over the years, I have led, managed, or been otherwise involved in community initiatives and charities; from Irish-language and Arts groups to human rights, and from foreign aid to corporate responsibility. I firmly believe that Ireland can be improved through social democratic measures, and you can read more about my personal manifesto here.
A Compassionate Kind of Politics
We often see debates and narratives that so often seem designed to divide us as a community, or stop us from seeing individual problems as part of a larger issue. We need a style of politics and governance that focuses on the welfare of our community as well as our economic recovery; one that doesn’t allow more vulnerable members of our society bear an unfair burden for a supposedly greater good, but instead, lifts us all.
Dualgas don nGaeilge
Tá suim láidir agam sa Ghaeilge ó bhí mé i mo pháiste, agus lean mé ar aghaidh chun staidéar a dhéanamh ar an teanga (agus teangacha Ceilteacha eile) san ollscoil. Is ionann cearta teanga agus cearta daonna, agus tá go leor ar féidir linn a dhéanamh mar náisiún chun ár dteanga náisiúnta agus a pobal a neartú.
I’ve had a strong interest in the Irish language since I was a child, and that interest led me to study Irish and Celtic languages at university. Language rights are human rights, and there is a lot we can do as a nation to strengthen our national language and its community.
When the Irish regard themselves to be a warm, caring, and community-focused people, that should be reflected in our politics. Our commitment to our neighbour must be the same in government as it is on the street, and renewed each time we vote.