A proud Lucan resident of over 27 years, Caitríona is an accomplished teacher, economist, community activist, mother, and grandmother.
Her strong ties with the community stem from years of active volunteering for numerous community organisations, these include the best part of a decade on the Lucan Festival committee; an elected member of the SDCC Public Participation Network Secretariat; and a church volunteer and long-standing member of the women’s ecumenical team, in St. Mary’s Parish in Lucan.
Caitríona has campaigned widely on various issues both locally and nationally. She has a proven track record of success on transport/traffic solutions with South Dublin County Council. Through a highly endorsed door-to-door petition (100% lent their support when asked) she highlighted the urgent need to reduce the costs of prescriptions for the most vulnerable in our communities.
This contributed to the national reduction of the prescription charge for pensioners.
My Priorities Include:
• Equal opportunities and access to housing, education, and health care are fundamental needs that are not being met.
• The HAP housing scheme forms a key part of the problem, not the solution. Local authorities must be empowered to build housing directly on the scale required and to stop competing in the private market, driving up prices through scarcity. I am campaigning on this basic principle alongside providing the Luas and better public transport access for a fast-growing community across Dublin Mid West.
• Environmental impact considerations must form part of all of our lifestyle decisions individually, and collectively through government departmental decisions and legislation. How we live our lives affects our grandchildren profoundly and this must be part of our mindset as we make changes.
• Health is in crisis and credibility is a real issue. We need greater accountability and more attention to the experience of front line staff. We have a shortage of GPs and no hospital in Lucan, yet the NTA refuses to extend the 239 bus to Blanchardstown hospital. This adds hardship to many and I am campaigning on this issue. I am also making representation to the NTA on traffic and transport issues across the constituency as well as nationally. I want to hear your views on these subjects and more, and I will be calling to as many doors as possible and responding to your emails.