Local Election Candidate for Donaghmede-Raheny

Paddy is a lawyer and serves as a policy officer at the human rights organisation Education Equality.

In 2015, Paddy’s campaign to end the baptism barrier brought national and international attention to the issue and his petition to end religious prioritisation in school enrolment gathered 20,000 signatures. In 2018 the Education (Admission to Schools) Act outlawed such practices in the vast majority of primary schools.

Alongside his continuing advocacy in education Paddy will focus on the issues of public transport and housing as local representative in the Donaghmede -Raheny area.

Paddy attended St. Paul’s College in Raheny and went on to qualify as a barrister from the King’s Inns. He practised law at the bar for several years before going on to work for NGOs including Educate Together and the homelessness charity Extern.

Paddy lives with his wife and son in Raheny. He has lived in the Dublin Bay North constituency for his entire life.

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My mother had a disability and was a wheelchair user. I can say from experience that the type of behaviour exhibited in this photo from my way into work today is so widespread in Ireland it is an epidemic. And yet, I almost never hear it commented on.

Our unconscious deference to the car is so complete that we allow our public space to be dominated by it - even that small amount of space from which it is explicitly prohibited. (Just as the icing on the cake, please note all the empty parking spots across the street in the photo - but, you know, the driver would have to pay to park there. Indeed they would risk being clamped/towed if they didn't pay!) #PathsAreForPeople - People>Cars
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My mother had a disability and was a wheelchair user. I can say from experience that the type of behaviour exhibited in this photo from my way into work today is so widespread in Ireland it is an epidemic. And yet, I almost never hear it commented on. 

Our unconscious deference to the car is so complete that we allow our public space to be dominated by it - even that small amount of space from which it is explicitly prohibited. (Just as the icing on the cake, please note all the empty parking spots across the street in the photo - but, you know, the driver would have to pay to park there. Indeed they would risk being clamped/towed if they didnt pay!) #PathsAreForPeople - People>Cars

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Thanks for highlighting Paddy Monahan. Just for my own understanding, is it not illegal/ticketable to park on the footpath like that?

You are very nice to block out plates, I don’t usually do that. The person leave the car in the public, he/she wouldn’t mind people seeing the assholery, so I wouldn’t mind showing either.

There is no risk of being clamped or towed, that's why cars just park on footpaths, the gardai and council doing nothing about it.

The city is overrun with buses and cars. Nobody cares. Culture, civic spaces, better standards of living and better air quality are all secondary to making money and convenience. That's why we have the country that we have.

Yep and it's not only in the city centre, either. I recently lived in a new-build estate where some of the homes were specifically designed for the physically impaired, yet the footpaths and cycle paths were chock full of cars. I was speaking with one of my then-neighbours and she was saying that her husband - who is confined to a wheelchair and who can't care for himself - is a prisoner in his own home because the area is solely built for private motoring and everyone else is left to fend for themselves (anyone who lives near the Ongar Road in D15: you'll know what I mean). Some of those responsible really didn't like being asked to use their massive driveways. It's absolutely sickening. They will continue to do it until there are real, tangible consequences, and I don't mean just a few token fines.

Agreed! The same with blind people as people driving through or encroaching on pedestrian crossings. I regularly find myself guiding blind people through stalled/congested traffic

I was honoured to be joined by Róisín Shortall TD at Kilbarrack DART station this week. Just a few days left for parents in Raheny, Clongriffin, Clare Hall and Belmayne to apply to enrol their children for Sept 2019 in the new Educate Together schools serving our area. Applications open until Friday 29th March. ... See MoreSee Less

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Nice one Paddy 👍🏻

Great video - fair play

Hi everyone. I'd really appreciate any support at all that you can give to my
Dublin City Council election campaign. My focus is on disability issues, housing, infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians and, of course, equality in education. You can donate here: www.gofundme.com/paddy-monahan039s-election-campaign

Thank you so much.
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Paddy Monahan Soc Dems

20 cyclists in less than 10 seconds of video. And yet the vast majority of our road space is dedicated to (mostly single-occupancy) cars. Imagine the added congestion if each of these cyclists drove instead.

In Dublin 7% of commuters travel by bike. Imagine if they all chose to drive instead and add to city congestion. Believe it or not this 7% represents a huge increase in recent years and has happened despite an almost total lack of interest in cycling as a serious transport solution at government and city council level.

In Copenhagen more than 40% of commuters travel by bike. This has not happened by accident or due to a different culture. It happened because of deliberate policy decisions made in the 1970s when Copenhagen was choking with cars.

We need massive investment in cycling policy and infrastructure for Dublin. We need safe, segregated cycling throughout the city. It ain't rocket science - we need to copy Copenhagen.

Dublin Cycling Campaign
#ibikeivote #allocate4cycling
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Brilliant. Well done. We are trying so hard to get people out of their cars in the small town in which I live.

Hi Paddy, have you signed www.cyclingforall.ie ?

Great to be joined by Róisín Shortall at Kilbarrack Dart Station this morning. ... See MoreSee Less

Great to be joined by Róisín Shortall at Kilbarrack Dart Station this morning.
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On Tuesday night we were out in Raheny in Tuscany Downs and Ashcroft. Questions about childcare costs and Bus Connects - and questions about whether this wind will ever end! 🌬☔🌬

Update on the new Educate Together primary schools serving Raheny, Clarehall, Clongriffin, Belnayne and Donaghmede. #SocDems #FridayFeeling

Terrible photo - but great chats with Raheny residents this week. Main concerns were about street cleaning and the 31 bus route. Our local team is growing - if you'd like to get involved send me a message #SocDems

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