Monthly Archive for May, 2015

Marriage Referendum: Thank you for your support

Canvassing at Castleknock Train Station

Canvassing at Castleknock Train Station

A huge thanks to everyone in Dublin West and across the country who helped secure the Yes vote in the marriage referendum on Saturday.

I was particularly proud of the fact that the 70.6% Yes vote in our constituency was the 8th highest in the country. This was boosted by the thousands of people who joined the electoral register for the first time.

I spent most of the campaign working with the Dublin West Yes Equality group, which I coordinated with TJ Clare. It was a hugely gratifying experience to see so many people, young and old, gay and straight, many of whom had no previous experience with politics, come together and work for such an important cause. I also want to thank those local political representatives who supported our campaign and canvassed with us.

It was a privilege to be able to stand in Dublin Castle and here the official result be announced. It was a day that I will never forget.

The Yes Equality national bus tour in the Blanchardstown Town Centre

The Yes Equality national bus tour in the Blanchardstown Town Centre

Dublin West Yes Equality celebrating in the count centre after tally shows huge Yes vote in our constituency.

Dublin West Yes Equality celebrating in the count centre after tally shows huge Yes vote in our constituency.

My proposals to improve the draft Fingal Tourism Strategy by including new elements relevant to Dublin 15 were accepted

 

I’m pleased to see that, following lobbying by myself and other councillors, the draft Fingal Tourism Strategy has been substantially altered to include more references to a significant number of new action points relevant to the Dublin 15 area. At the March meeting of Fingal County Council, I raised my concern that the original draft had very few concrete Action Points relevant to West Dublin, with the main focus of the document being on the North County and coastal areas of Fingal.

I particularly welcome the new Action Points that I called for on a potential Liffey Valley Greenway, a Liffey Valley Discovery Centre and the increased usage of the Royal Canal. I was also pleased to see the highlighting of the promotion of the Sports Campus as a high quality training centre.

I want to thank the Council officials and the team drafting the Strategy for responding to the concerns I raised when the first draft was placed before the Council. Tourism can be a key driver in providing employment across Fingal. In doing so, it can provide improved facilities for everyone in the area. It is important that the facilities in the Dublin 15 are properly recognised in the wider scope of Fingal and that the Council promotes this part of Fingal to the same extent as the rest of the county.