Terry Dignan, Fianna Fáil candidate, Naas LEA
Name: Terry Dignan
Address: 48 Roseville, Dublin Rd., Naas, Co. Kildare
Occupation: CEO of EPIC, a national child rights based chartiy working for children and young people in care.
Party: Fianna Fail
Why have you decided to run in the Local Elections ?
I decided to contest these elections because I believe the county council is the backbone of local democracy and determines how we as a community live and our quality of life. I want a good quality of life for me, my family and my community . My work as a councillor would allow me to influence the change, I want to see.
Why should people vote for you?
I believe that I can effect positive change, based on my personal values and commitment to the community. I have built my career on hard work and integrity, working with children and families as a Director with local charity Barretstown, and charities throughout Europe. I have a strong track record of getting things done through partnership and empowerment. I will advocate for local people, ensuring that their voice is heard.
What do you think is lacking in your area and what will you be campaigning for?
1. Public transport and infrastructure. I will continue to work on the campaign for a better integrated local public transport service for Naas-Sallins which I have already started, and will include train, bus and feeder bus service to serve the wider community . I will be campaigning for an inner relief road for Naas that will be future-proofed to suit the needs of the growing population.
2. We have enormous untapped tourism potential and I will campaign to promote Naas as a tourist destination town, benefitting the local economy and physical environment. With up to €500,000 funding now available, I strongly believe Naas needs a tourist office, a revamp of the town centre, completion of the Naas shopping centre and well designed public spaces and amenities with access to the De Burgh estate. I will campaign for incentives to regenerate Naas town including targeted rates relief and a well balanced mix of businesses.
3. Prioritising supports for children and youth. I will be campaigning for additional school places for Naas and the wider community, both at primary and secondary levels, in particular places for children with special and additional needs. I will prioritise recreational amenities including a youth social centre and active youth council where young people can have a voice on issues that affect them. I also want to see an improved healthcare system and hospital facilities as well as better social supports for children and older people.