Fiona McLoughlin Healy, Independent
Name: Fiona McLoughlin Healy
Occupation: Public representative
Why have you decided to run in the Local Elections?
During my campaign for LE14 I promised a new type of local politics based on principles of transparency and accountability. I have worked hard in my work with Kildare County Council and as a board member of the KWETB to honour that commitment.
After five years as an elected representative I believe, more than ever before, that good governance is key to ensuring fair, effective and efficient administration by local government. I am running because I believe there is much more can be achieved in the next five years to ensure a fairer, more responsive and accountable County Council.
Why should people vote for you?
I am asking constituents to lend me their no.1 vote to send a clear message; that constituents want proper oversight and governance of public monies entrusted to the Council; that constituents want transparency in relation to how their council operates and accountability for decisions taken; and that savings made from the robust oversight of public monies be redirected to areas and projects that need it.
What do you think is lacking in your area and what will you be campaigning for?
I will continue to campaign, as I did for the skatepark in Newbridge, for more youth facilities and enhanced outdoor amenities for all age-groups around the district.
I will continue to work with and support climate change activists and groups that are working towards Sustainable Development Goals. I will continue to represent constituents' urgent need for a traffic management system that works - for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and commuters on public transport. I will continue to highlight the shortage of school places and the urgent need for more ASD classrooms around the district.
Of course, despite the recent second vote by a majority of sittings councillors against even the possibility of recording/webcasting of public meetings in Kildare County Council, I intend to continue to garner support for its introduction . Having researched the use of webcasting by other Councils leading the way in bringing local government closer to its citizens, I believe that webcasting would improve the behaviour, performance and accountability of elected representatives and council officials.
I’d like to take the opportunity to thank my family, friends, supporters and constituents who have inspired me to keep doing what I am doing. It has been a real privilege to represent you.