Peter Hamilton has been selected as the Green Party candidate for the up-coming local elections in the Maynooth-Kilcock Local Electoral Area.
Having lived in Maynooth since 1998, he is a member of the Maynooth Community Council. With 35 years’ experience in the technology industry, the Green Party believes Peter has a deep understanding of the part that business and enterprise can play in the new Green economy that Ireland needs.
His interest in sustainable energy led him to found the Maynooth Sustainable Energy Community and the Kildare County Sustainable Energy Network (K-SELF). A strong believer in the importance of clean, high integrity business in the North Kildare area, he is currently deputy chairman of the Kildare Greens.
"Our society is at a critical cross-roads," said Peter, "Our children are telling us about the changes that we need to make if we want to pass on a better world to them and to their children."
As one of the founder members of the first Educate Together schools in the Dublin West area, he believes a small and dedicated group can drive positive change.
As a regular commuter, he said he is aware of the weaknesses of Ireland's transport infrastructure. He is a contributing author to the Green Party National Commuter Charter, which calls for immediate improvements in rail and bus capacity, for better bus connections between North Kildare towns and for safer routes for both cyclists and pedestrians.
"Housing is another serious issue," he said.
"We believe that proper housing is a basic human and social right, and that it should be provided, as much as possible, by local authorities, rather than by private enterprise. Rent for social housing should relate to the cost of making the
home, not to the market value."
Peter (email@example.com) is hosting a public meeting at 8pm on Tuesday March 12 in the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth, where guest speakers will deal with a range of topics: developing local jobs and businesses, approaches to transportation and town planning, using energy sustainably, and a vision for a healthy planet for future generations.