Hi, I'm Shane.
I am the Labour Party candidate for Donaghmede in the local elections this May. This area includes Donaghmede, Raheny, Ayrfield, and Edenmore.
Since 2010, I have been actively involved in politics and have campaigned on equality and economic issues, most recently the Yes campaign for marriage equality and the Campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment.
I’m excited about getting the opportunity to represent our community on Dublin City Council.
Currently, housing is the one of the largest issues facing our country. Accessing affordable housing is proving nearly impossible for many of us, especially young people.
If elected to the city council, I will campaign for the government to give more supports so we the people who see the worst of the problem every day can fix it.
I am proposing, along with my colleagues in the Labour Party, a number of different initiatives:
- Public land will be made available for social and affordable housing, including schemes of affordable home ownership, but public land will not be sold
- A range of measures designed to push land owners towards the development of vacant sites rather than land hoarding
- A referendum will be held to recognise socio-economic rights in the Constitution, including the right to a means of affording housing, to be fulfilled on the basis of available resources.
If our plans are put into action, there is a potential minimum of 80,000 units of housing to be delivered in a five-year period of Government, based on investing €16 billion, with the delivery of this housing frontloaded to end the housing crisis as soon as possible.
For more information, please see our Affordable Housing for All document, which can be accessed by clicking here.
Our City has grown so much in the last few decades. Getting from A to B needs to work better for our community. The City needs to adapt if we are going to thrive in this day and age.
We need to see better capacity on DART services. My colleague Cllr. Alison Gilliland has been representing our concerns with C.I.E. in relation to the new DART timetable and we will continue to do so until the service adequately meets demand.
I will campaign for the expansion of the Dublin Bikes scheme, which has been hugely successful, and to introduce a Bike to School scheme, similar to the Bike to Work scheme which has been in operation for a number of years. We need to see greater investment into cycling. The coastal cycle lane will be a great improvement to the area, but we need to see more being done if we are serious about a greener transport system.
Metro North must be fast-tracked, as this would help ease pressure on DART services, and generally take away traffic going into and out of the City. What I will work towards, if elected, will include:
- Keeping common green areas maintained, safe, and attractive
- More local sport and recreational facilities are provided where needed
- Local businesses are supported to provide employment opportunities in our community
These three will go a long way towards keeping our communities together, and make Dublin a much better place to grow up and grow old in.
A Better Dublin for All
My priorities for the next 5 years include:
- Campaign more Gardaí are integrated in local areas through community and small-area policing
- Extend the “Empty Nester” scheme throughout the city, facilitating older people who wish to sell their old house to the council and be re-housed in more suitable accommodation
- Ensure 20% of the workforce for major public projects is drawn from the local area in which they are based
- Campaign for a plebiscite on a directly-elected Mayor for Dublin City and County, supervised by a new Dublin Regional Assembly
- Roll out the Purple Flag initiative to ensure excellence in the management of our night-time city