Local Election Candidate for West Wicklow
Dave is a Software Developer from Tallaght, now living in Blessington town with his fiancée Amy.
Like many residents of West Wicklow, Dave commutes into Dublin City during the week, so he experiences first-hand the long drives, the late evenings, the traffic congestion, the poor infrastructure, and the inadequate public transport.
Dave was the main organiser of the Together For Yes (Repeal the Eighth) campaign in West Wicklow, and along with a passionate local team hung dozens of posters, knocked on hundreds of doors, and distributed thousands of leaflets.
Dave studied Computer Science at University College Dublin, and has subsequently taken courses in Journalism, Entrepreneurship and Project Management. He has worked for a range of start-ups and established companies across different sectors, most recently news media.
Dave is new to politics, and is hoping to bring new ideas and enthusiasm to the council. He does not feel that there is adequate representation for the many young families and commuters living in Blessington, and is looking forward to hearing their concerns over the coming months.
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Just finished dropping off some last minute letters to a bunch of estates around Blessington. Mixed reception - in one estate a man stopped me to tell me that he had already voted for me by postal vote; in the next estate, my car was egged by some local boys!! 😵🥚😅
It has been a long campaign, but it’s finally over and the big day is here. All that’s left to do is to vote.
I want to thank every single person who has given me support, help, and encouragement along the way - particularly in the last couple of weeks I’ve been inundated with positive comments and endorsements from friends and strangers, and they’ve kept me motivated.
I want to thank my amazing team who have worked so hard these past few weeks and months, and everyone who canvassed with us - Bernhard, Gerorda & Jane in Baltinglass, and Glenn, Paul & my lovely fiancée Amy in Blessington. We had a small but dedicated team, who dragged me out when I wanted to stay home and watch Game of Thrones😅🐉
Biggest thanks though has to go to my campaign manager Danny, who kept everything on track, came up with great ideas, offered excellent insights, and canvassed with me every week (even when hungover😵). I could not have made it through the campaign without him, and whatever the result I’m proud of the work that we did together.
Many thanks to everyone who took the time to speak to myself or the team in recent weeks, and who engaged with me online. It has been a really positive campaign and I’ve had nothing but pleasant and friendly chats with everyone I meet.
Best of luck to the other candidates, who are a lovely bunch and deserving of your 2nd–9th preferences😅
Polls open at 7am tomorrow, so please make a plan to get there and cast your vote - ideally for me!!
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Thanks Dave! ☺️ It was great fun helping you and getting to see the beautiful sights of west Wicklow! Fingers crossed for tomorrow - I really think you deserve a place and will do so much for Blessington, Baltinglass and all across West Wicklow! 💜
Best of luck x
So proud of you Dave! ❤️
Best of luck you are doing great work !
Best of luck Dave.
Best of luck Dave xx
Best of luck tomorrow Dave, no matter which way the vote goes you've started something! Great to have SocDem representation in Blesso
Just missed you yesterday leaving Woodleigh, I would like to have a chat, I'm going to give you my no 1 today because I think this county and country needs a change!! And I really hope you get a chance to make changes. Best of luck 👍
Best of luck! Shame I didn’t get to meet you in Baltinglass when you were around!
Best of luck tomorrow Dave myself and my husband will be voting for you
Best of luck Dave, just missed you in Westpark this eve.
Best of luck Dave!
Good luck Dave 🍀🤞
Climate change is the most pressing global threat to our way of life, and Ireland is way behind on our agreed emissions targets. We need to acknowledge that we are in the midst of a climate and biodiversity emergency, and respond with the appropriate level of urgency, including from local government.
One way in which we could make a major contribution to reducing our emissions is in public transport. The current system in West Wicklow is pretty much non-existent, which means that people have to drive everywhere. If we had a public transport network which was fit for purpose, then this would allow more people to leave their cars at home for their commute. It would also have other benefits e.g. for young people in smaller towns to have easy access to the likes of Naas, to go to the cinema and shops, which means they aren't hanging around towns getting into trouble.
I'd like to use the platform of Wicklow County Council to work on improving public transport for West Wicklow, and on other initiatives to help us to meet our emissions targets and reduce waste.
If you think that these are important issues, then please vote #1 for me on Friday, 24th May.
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Pure gent really thought you were very genuine at the public meeting, the very best of good luck👍
You and Gerry O'Neill got my vote !! Best of luck!!
Voted you no1 keep up good stuff!
Great to see a candidate in West Wicklow championing the fight against climate change! Especially with no Greens on the ballot 💚
Great to have Catherine Murphy in Blessington today! There’s clearly a lot of admiration in West Wicklow for the work that Catherine has been doing. I’d love to work with her from Wicklow County Council to have local issues with national implications raised in the Dáil. ... See MoreSee Less
Great chatting to yourself and Catherine this afternoon!
great to see a purple WW 🙂
Just to let you know that Catherine Murphy TD will be joining me this Saturday, 18th May in Blessington from approx. 4:15pm. Weather permitting, we’ll have a table on the main street for a while, and then probably visit one of the estates nearby. Please drop by for a chat!
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I'm delighted to hear that animal welfare/rescue groups are responding positively (partyforanimalwelfare.ie/get-involved/vote-for-the-voiceless/) to our draft animal welfare policies, ranking us highest among the political parties in the state. I did some work on this in recent months (before the local election campaign took over my life!), mostly working with the Compassion in World Farming organisation to help us to define a position on factory farming and other inhumane practices in agriculture.
I also submitted a motion to the party's National Conference asking for us to take a strong position against live animal exports to countries with poor animal welfare practices, and to leverage our reputation to advocate for improved welfare internationally.
I'm hoping that if elected I'll be able to work from within the Council to advocate for vigilance in the enforcement of animal cruelty and negligence laws, and heavy fines and prison sentences for offenders.
I'll also be continuing my work on developing the party's animal welfare policy, including meeting with different welfare organisations (e.g. the ISPCA) for input and feedback.
This is an assessment of our current draft policy from the Party for Animal Welfare:
"The Social Democrats look good for animal welfare. Their policy is brief, but noted as currently being updated by their Animal Welfare policy group. It would be nice to see it completed before the elections. They got the weighting for their stance against bloodsports and also got extra points for including Trap Neuter Return (TNR) policy – the only party to mention it so far – and the first time I’ve seen any mention in any political agenda. They lost points for lack of campaigns, news items and spokesperson."
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Our animal welfare policy can be found here www.socialdemocrats.ie/our-policies/
Glad to hear somebody ready to work with Animal Welfare charities to be a voice in the community and hopefully make some change where it is so much needed. All the very best for 25th, you have my vote. 😘😘
Last social democrat I voted for joined Fianna Fail shortly after getting elected...yis won't be getting my vote again I'm sorry to say...
This is so good Dave!! Thank you so much for your work on this! I am so passionate about this area, if things go our way in the 25th, I'd love to work a bit with you on it & pick your brain. Thanks for this 💜
Are you aware the KWWSPCA are loosing their shelter in Athgarvan. It's catchment area is Kildare and West Wicklow. They take the dogs from the pound and rehome them as otherwise they'd be put to sleep. It would be fantastic if you could help them out anyway you can 😉😊
You’ll get my vote.
Fair play. Dave Social Democrats will be getting No. 1 vote in Kildare and it's all because of the work you are doing. I'm leveraging that they are doing the same as you and share your views 👍
You’ll get my vote.
You and dogs
Paul O'Neill Shamelessly using this photo of Rémy!
Say hello to Thandi, the new addition to the family😊 It wasn’t an altogether bad weekend!
All three " loads of money" county councillors featured in an RTÉ exposé look set to keep their seats. Two of them currently topping the poll 🇮🇪