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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Is it just me or is there a disappointing lack of activity in Blessington for Pride? 🤔 Would have liked to see some rainbow bunting and flags about the place to show our support. I must remember to make a fuss about it next year. In the meantime, I picked up a handful of these rather large rainbow 🌈 flags in town this morning - if any local businesses, etc, particularly on the main street, would like one, I can drop in to you tomorrow morning. Would love to see a bunch of them prominently displayed for the weekend! Just leave a comment/DM me and I’ll drop it off. Dave. ... See MoreSee Less

Is it just me or is there a disappointing lack of activity in Blessington for Pride? 🤔 Would have liked to see some rainbow bunting and flags about the place to show our support. I must remember to make a fuss about it next year. In the meantime, I picked up a handful of these rather large rainbow 🌈 flags in town this morning - if any local businesses, etc, particularly on the main street, would like one, I can drop in to you tomorrow morning. Would love to see a bunch of them prominently displayed for the weekend! Just leave a comment/DM me and I’ll drop it off. Dave.

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Think kaleidoscope is all people are thinking about this weekend! The whole town seems to be going.

Blessington Barbers always have their flags up

It would be nice to see them out for people passing through for Kaleidoscope 2019. You might have to go to a few of the businesses in person though.

Messaged you there Dave

Horse racing or nothing 'round these parts!

Is there a local festival perhaps celerbated at a different time of the year? I know Galway doesn’t celebrate pride until August 🌈

I just asked a Business in Baltinglass ans they were afraid of backlash. We have a job for next year ... Gerorda Stamps

Nope afaik. Jane Nolan Lehane, that might be something?

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Hey guys - I took down all of my posters that I could see, but a good few are missing (e.g. Valleymount, Shillelagh, Dunlavin). I'm hoping it's conscientious locals recycling them, or enthusiastic supporters taking souvenirs(!), and that they don't reappear after tomorrow and I get fined!

Anyways, if anyone sees any of my posters about the place if you would please let me know, or if you're feeling super sound take it down and then let me know and I'll come collect!

Many thanks,

Dave

btw, if anyone knows of a school/art studio/anywhere that would have a use for them please let me know.
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I’m not back in Dunlavin until Tuesday but I’ll have a scout around and remove if I see any. I know in previous years posters had been repurposed as roofs for chicken pens and other such projects.

Haven’t seen any around Dunlavin if I spot any I’ll let you know

They're bound to be up on teenager's walls, Dave. No false modesty please.

Collectors items! Niche market, Dave, niche market! 😂

There was one a little after Glending on way to Naas when I passed about 6.30 (you might have got it)

There was one facing the Humphreystown road before the bridge. Think that was Friday though, you may have got it.

I haven't seen any I'll let ya know! I'll be Super sound and take them down!!!😂

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Well, I’m officially out now! I’m disappointed, particularly for everyone who helped with my campaign, and every one of the 854 of you who had enough faith in me to give me your vote. I’m also relieved that it’s over and looking forward to having more free time to spend with my family, friends, and fiancée.

It’s been a great experience and I’m glad that I did it. In case anyone else had been unsure about putting themselves forward, let me say that I received nothing but positivity and really enjoyed meeting and chatting to so many people. Maybe in 5 years’ time we’ll have a few more progressive candidates to choose from too. I’m not sure if I’ll be one of them, but we’ll see!

I’ll still be around, so please come chat and let me know if there’s anything that I can help with locally. I’ll start putting out feelers of my own after I’ve had a few weeks to recover and to smell the flowers!

We also got a kitty today (not only to comfort me, although she does do that), so it wasn’t the worst weekend 🤗

Thanks again to everyone who supported me - you’re a great bunch ❤️

Dave
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Well, I’m officially out now! I’m disappointed, particularly for everyone who helped with my campaign, and every one of the 854 of you who had enough faith in me to give me your vote. I’m also relieved that it’s over and looking forward to having more free time to spend with my family, friends, and fiancée.It’s been a great experience and I’m glad that I did it. In case anyone else had been unsure about putting themselves forward, let me say that I received nothing but positivity and really enjoyed meeting and chatting to so many people. Maybe in 5 years’ time we’ll have a few more progressive candidates to choose from too. I’m not sure if I’ll be one of them, but we’ll see!I’ll still be around, so please come chat and let me know if there’s anything that I can help with locally. I’ll start putting out feelers of my own after I’ve had a few weeks to recover and to smell the flowers!We also got a kitty today (not only to comfort me, although she does do that), so it wasn’t the worst weekend 🤗Thanks again to everyone who supported me - you’re a great bunch ❤️Dave

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Hard luck Dave, dissapointing result, but you're right ! Hopefully in a few years we'll see a few more SD candidates running (including yourself) and people who will make much needed change ❤️

Sorry to hear that, Dave. As a member of the Soc. Dems., I gave you my no. 1, but to be honest, having sat in on public meetings of Wicklow Co. Council I wouldn't wish the cynicism and lethargy of the current county councillors on my worst enemy. They'd have broken your heart and wore you down with their tiresome rhetoric, can't-do-attitude, lies, venality and laziness. I had hoped you would bring a new energy to the council, but I can't see that shower of wastrels changing their spots anytime soon. It's interesting to see how effective Carlow & Offaly county councils are in comparison. Anyway I wish you all the very best and I hope you will keep up the good work.

Hard luck Dave. It's never easy to put yourself up for election, and you ran a great campaign. More to do!

Unlucky Dave, we need left candidates in office and more importantly we need candidates from the West as we always seem to be forgetting. You done all you could

Hard luck, solid SD vote in this house.

That’s the nature of local elections Dave, as Hobbes said of life, it’s brutal and nasty - but it’s also a long game played slowly. Even Lynn Boylan (and God knows I’ve no time for Sinn Féin) says you have to dust yourself off and start over.So take a time out. Relax. Rethink. And rebuild.PS How long has Gerry O’Neill been plugging away?

Hard luck Dave but as one door closes the other opens ... might be a general election 🤔🤔...here's hoping 🍀

Well done Dave, we have been very impressed with your efforts, you worked very hard we are sorry you are not jubilant today. Lots of love to you as you smell gt

Disappointed for you, but well done on doing so brilliantly against some old school, hard core locals. Keep doing what you do.

Disappointing Dave but well done nonetheless. Hopefully we’ll see some positive changes in the West. Thanks for listening ☺️

Hard luck Dave. Their loss!

Disappointing Dave...apparently there was only a 45% turn out which tells me people are too snug and are too worried about change!

Hard luck Dave, it's a tough job challenging the status quo particularly in our part of the county. Not a bad first go all the same! Great campaign, there's hope yet!

Sorry to hear that Dave but well done you, that was a fantastic number for a first run!

Hard luck this time! Keep up the good fight, BTW who did get in?

My family all voted you as our number 1 brother. We only put two choices down. No way we could vote right after all the shit FF and FG put this country through. Perhaps an amalgamation of left parties in the future!?

Sorry to hear that. Kittens win though

More hope for changes in West Wicklow in 5 years....I voted for you😊

Brilliant campaign Dave

Sorry to hear Dave

I wouldn't give up!

Ah sorry to hear that, we needed you. Keep on keeping on.

Hard luck Dave, would've been great to have a couple from the local area.

Hard luck Dave.

Sorry Blessington has missed out on your Youth and energy Dave.Mind yourself.

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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!!

Many thanks,

Dave 💜
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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!!Many thanks,Dave 💜

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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! 💜

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 tomorrow Dave, no matter which way the vote goes you've started something! Great to have SocDem representation in Blesso

Best of luck Dave, just missed you in Westpark this eve.

Best of luck you are doing great work !

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 x

Good luck Dave 🍀🤞

Best of luck Dave xx

Best of luck Dave.

Good luck

Good luck

Best of luck Dave!

So proud of you Dave! ❤️

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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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Great to see a candidate in West Wicklow championing the fight against climate change! Especially with no Greens on the ballot 💚

Pure gent really thought you were very genuine at the public meeting, the very best of good luck👍

Voted you no1 keep up good stuff!

You and Gerry O'Neill got my vote !! Best of luck!!

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