Candidate for the Seanad Éireann Elections 2016 - Cultural and Educational Panel

I'm very honoured that I have received an Oireachtas nomination to the Cultural and Educational Panel for the 2016 Seanad Éireann election.

I was co-opted onto South Dublin County Council in 2011. I was re-elected to South Dublin County Council in 2014.

In the 2016 General Election, I was a candidate in Dublin South-West and was defeated for the 5th seat by the narrowest of margins. Together with my colleague, Colm Brophy (now a TD), we very nearly managed to win two seats with less than 22% of the first preference vote.

I am deeply rooted in the community; I am married to Eamonn Connolly. We live on Butterfield Avenue with our three boys who attend the local Ballyroan Boys’ National School and Colaiste Eanna.

Since joining the council, I have worked vigorously to help local people, groups, schools and small businesses in Rathfarnham, Knocklyon, Bohernabreena and Kiltipper.

I list the following as among my successes:-

A member of the economic and tourism strategy committee in South Dublin County Council
Sought funding and saw the completion of the greenway linking the Grange Road and Nutgrove Shopping Centre
Recently nominated to the Board of the Charity Goal

A wife, mother, sister, solicitor, entrepreneur and business women, a person with a track record not only in politics but in campaigning in law and in business.

I am an active participant in the Women for Election group,  a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation whose vision is of an Ireland with balanced participation of women and men in political life.