Aidan Farrelly, Social Democrats
Name: Aidan Farrelly
Address: Twin Gables, Prosperous, Co. Kildare
Occupation: Youth and Community Development Worker
Party: Social Democrats
Why have you decided to run in the Local Elections?
It’s time for change – This thought has stayed with me throughout my time as a youth worker with Kildare Youth Services for the past 11 years. During this time I’ve opened and managed the first Youth Project in Clane, founding member of Prosperous Youth Club, and supported youth clubs in Derrinturn, Allenwood and Robertstown.
It’s time for change - I’ve seen first-hand that communities are resilient. As community correspondent for local media, I’ve been the point of contact for dozens of sports clubs, and even more community groups and individuals who themselves work tirelessly to provide the voluntary-based services upon which our children thrive, our elderly engage, and collectively, we all benefit. Change is needed however in how these individuals, groups, clubs and communities are advocated for in decision making fora.
Why should people vote for you?
I’m a very proud dad to three young children, and husband to Aisling. Community life is very important to me, and as a County Councillor, I would work tirelessly to support communities to develop.
As a member of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival committee, or Prosperous Community Association, my experience tells me that hard work and diligence, mixed with honesty and an ability to listen is what the people of the Clane LEA needs from a councillor.
I don’t like to just talk about issues – I’d much rather get to work on addressing them.
What do you think is lacking in your area and what will you be campaigning for?
* Better public services and amenities; Having a home, a playground or a GP space, a choice in schools or public transport shouldn’t be optional extras – these should be seen as basic elements of life in North Kildare.
* Safer communities; I spearheaded the ‘Make the Block Safe’ campaign in Prosperous last year, and we now see great stretches of the road lit up at night. As more housing developments reach their conclusions, traffic on our roads will continue to increase. Where is the parallel planning in terms of our road safety and traffic for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists?
* Inclusive Policies; Having worked in the disability sector for a number of years, I’ve developed a thorough understanding that we should ensure when planning, that we are doing so for ALL members of our community. This comes to light in terms of access to services, amenities and housing.