Noel Heavey, Fianna Fáil
Name: Noel Heavey
Address: Clongorey, Newbridge
Occupation: Retired businessman and former teacher
Party: Fianna Fáil
Why have you decided to run in the Local Elections?
I’ve been a community activist all my adult life, but now I feel it is appropriate for me to step up to County Council level. My forte and what I really enjoy is working with others to achieve an acceptable outcome.
My community experience will now stand to me. For instance, leadership roles in JuneFest, Newbridge Rugby Football Club, Clongorey Field Day, Red Hot Music Club and the establishment of Resource Centre (now located in Eyre Street) whilst serving with County Kildare Trades Council.
Why should people vote for you?
If I take on a project, I’ll find a way to get it ‘over the line’. My way of bringing this about is to listen to all people involved and to seek consensus with a ‘win: win’ outcome. Invariably this involves working on a process to achieve compromise. This to me is the essence of politics. I feel I have the experience to deliver acceptable solutions.
What do you think is lacking in your area and what will you be campaigning for?
Twenty-two years ago, I started Newbridge Youth Club. This generated great joy and experiences until it became too difficult to exist without a base. There is still no dedicated youth building for young people in Newbridge. This glaring omission is another reason I’ve chosen to seek election to Kildare County Council.
Recently I’ve reviewed the Draft Traffic Plan for Newbridge. I look forward to working through this with others to deliver a medium-term acceptable traffic plan for all in the major town in County Kildare.
There is a need for a community forum to consider and ameliorate the complex issue of Anti-Social Behaviour that is troubling many.