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Meet the candidates: Ciara O'Reilly, Newbridge LEA, Labour

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Meet the candidates: Ciara O'Reilly, Newbridge LEA, Labour

Ciara O'Reilly, Labour

Name: Ciara O'Reilly

Address: The Curragh, Newbridge, Co Kildare.

Occupation: Project Manager & Architect

Party: Labour

Why have you decided to run in the local elections?

I am a Labour Party and Trade Union supporter, with strong views about social justice, equality of opportunity & fairness.  I am confident I can apply these principles practically in our area, in terms of decent, cheap transport, affordable, available housing and local jobs for local people.

I know  I can contribute towards improving our lives. I believe we are more progressive and future focused than we are given credit for, as a primarily rural area. Personally, my children are older, so I am ready to commit my  time & energy to my local area; small changes can make a big difference.

Why should people vote for you?         

People should vote for me because the issues that matter to them matter to me. I want to create sustainable JOBS & INFRASTRUCTURE in order to develop SUSTAINABLE communities where people want to live. We are at the heart of Co. Kildare; we want to be proud of our history & proud of our county. We have become a county of commuters; with improved transport I want to make it easier for people to commute out and that will also make it easier for people to commute in We can build better families & SUSTAINABLE communities right here in Kildare. We need to stop our young people leaving & keep our educated, experienced workers. With proper investment, there's no reason why we can't attract tech companies & new industries to Kildare.

I want to develop a DIGITAL HUB FOR NEWBRIDGE, providing training & support technology and digital media companies, while also providing satellite offices for commuters.

Big issues like CLIMATE CHANGE start at home, making public transport the obvious and affordable choice. Providing plenty of public segregated waste bins is a small example of real change I can make at local level. I would like to encourage ECO-TOURISM and maximise the potential of our natural resources. I envisage a Greenway & Blueway for us with the river Liffey linking our towns and villages.

What do you think is lacking in your area and what will you be campaigning for?

Our ongoing campaign to include Newbridge train station in the SHORT HOP ZONE continues. https://www.change.org/p/a-fare-deal-fornewbridge-and-kildare. This is one important way I am making a difference that will have a practical impact on all our lives; if elected I am committed to making this happen.

The LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING in our area is a crucial local issue.  At my advice clinic where all are welcome, I assist many young people with their housing applications and needs.

I am working on a solution for the many UNFINISHED ESTATES in our area. Many residents are currently left in limbo with the developer long gone & no bond in place to have these works completed. With my experience in planning and architecture, I will ensure that developers are held to account, and suitable infrastructure put in place before new developments are approved.  COMMUNITY & YOUTH FACILITIES are crucial; incorporated at the concept stage.

Our gardai are severely under-resourced; I am committed to getting more gardai in Kildare. I also want to introduce a COMMUNITY POLICING programme, to foster a partnership based, pro-active, community-orientated system. Crime and crime prevention are everybody's business.

If elected, I will put my time and energy into our community; I am committed to making a better life for us all in Newbridge.