Chris is a local community and youth activist currently working in the service industry. Originally from Tallaght in Dublin, Chris has been living, working and volunteering in Newbridge since the age of 15.

As former Chairperson for Kildare LGBT a steering committee with a responsibility for the set-up of LGBT+ supports in County Kildare Chris isn’t new to the idea of inter-agency work and policy creation.

He believes that it is only through unity in community and working together that we can truly shape the Ireland of tomorrow. Through his community volunteering and activism has been heavily involved with groups from all walks of life including the Traveller community, asylum seekers, people with disabilities and feels that true representation only comes from working together.

As someone who has experienced homelessness on a personal level, Chris has a unique understanding of the difficulties faced by those impacted by the housing crisis and those in emergency accommodation. He is committed to working with local authorities to work on not only a proper social housing initiative, but also to ensure that those facing crisis are dealt with in a fair and supportive manner.

Chris has also worked worked on numerous local and regional campaigns including the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Campaign for the Repeal of the 8th Amendment as well as working to assist in the development of local and regional strategies for more inclusive work environments. It is also through this work that he realised the importance of every area in his local electoral area whether big or small, rural or urban.

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