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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Hi all. Unfortunately I just missed out on election to Dublin City Council this weekend. I am so grateful for all the help and support I received over the many months of campaigning. I am honoured and humbled by the efforts of so many of you who believe in social democratic values and policies. ... See MoreSee Less

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Great effort Paddy, hard to take when you see others getting lower 1st preferences than you and getting over the line. It’s not the time to do the analysis yet but we as a Party and Organisation have learnt a lot over the past number of weeks. Bring on the By Elections and GE2020?

Sorry to hear that Paddy but well done for trying and working so hard on issues of social justice - hopefully next time!

Ah so sorry about that Paddy - you would have been brilliant.

Great effort Paddy. Well done.

Well done Paddy for putting your name on the line and getting so close. Hopefully you'll be back!

Very sad news Paddy, your talent and passion gave me a renewed interest in local politics and I was really rooting for you. I hope you keep on fighting

Next time Paddy first time to vote for your party.

Well done, a great campaign.

Congrats on running in the first place. Takes some balls to do it and you can put it down as great experience for the next time

Keep trying. Jacinda was plugging away as an unknown for nearly 10 years before she made it. At first, she didn’t ever get her seat and had to move constituency. Look at her now. It takes time but keep at it.

I’m sorry to hear that Paddy, but well done on getting out there and trying to make a difference! Next time! 🤞

Well done for trying to make a difference

Great campaign Paddy, well done

Next time, Paddy! Keep up the great work!

Sorry to hear that, Paddy. But fair play to you for running, it's not everyone is brave enough!

Thanks for putting yourself forward Paddy. We would have been lucky to have you

You're time will come Paddy, have no doubt

I knew it would be very tough going for you, you are going after people’s cars. Let’s face it, cars are Irish people’s first love, not music, not the black stuff, cars cars cars. People would live in a dump house sharing with a friend before they sell their car. I have never seen this anywhere. Oh I lied, I have seen it in North America. We are the only country in EU where car sales have gone up, everywhere else is going down.Keep going! You are the only voice of reason against cars in this country, we need you!

So brave running, you are an incredible voice for social justice & there is no doubt in my mind you will make it next time.

Next time! Keep grafting.

Well done Paddy Monahan for running! There will be a next time. I'm glad we have Social Democrats represented here in Dún Laoghaire with Dave Quinn.

Thats too bad patrick ,

Keep doing the great awareness campaigns. Am convinced your time will come . Social Democrats lucky to have you

You lost the battle but not the war It will come when you have the trait and the charracterisma of a good leader, you will get it

It was a tough ask with so many incumbents and the greens doing so well. 🙁

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This is happening right now at the Alfie Byrne Road cycle track. According to DCC and Garda the Spice Girls are more important than cyclists, pedestrians and people with disabilities. #FreeTheCycleLanes #PathsAreForPeople ... See MoreSee Less

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Outside the Custom House earlier this afternoon.

Well said.

Great to have you there Paddy!

An Garda Síochána Dublin City Council this is unacceptable, we pay taxes, we should be allowed to use the road.

Well done Paddy Monahan

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I was at the Raise the Roof protest again on Saturday. If I'm elected to the council I will fight to prioritise building affordable housing on public land. Most people I'm meeting on the doors are affected in some way - renters paying 50% of their wages and worried about how long before the next increase, parents whose adult children can't move out - and of course our rising numbers of homeless families.
We have solutions - if you want change, you have to vote for it.
- We will build affordable homes on public land
- Partner with housing associations
- Radically improve rights for renters
- End preferential tax treatment of REITS
- Enforce vacant sites levy
- Use brownfield sites
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Traffic and transport policy in Dublin is all about "how can we move cars around the city?". We need to change the question. We need to ask "how can we move PEOPLE around the city?"

If elected to Dublin City Council, I will make sure that people are at the heart of transport policy.

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Hi Paddy... I've seen at least two of your great pro-cycling videos and was wondering could you please consider signing up to cyclingforall.ie/?

I notice the handful of cyclists passing you all avoiding the 'cycle lane' - who can blame them!

Great video Paddy

Yes 👏👏👏 yes, I agree with that 🇮🇪👍💚

I was let down by the Green Party, hope you can get my vote.

Good on ya, Paddy!

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U forgot to mention the cyclist their in the video that went true the red light someone has a case of monday blues today trying to blame cars all the times

Great idea I totally agree. However will there be bicycle tax or registration to maintain and provide new cycle lanes or how will these be funded? Not trying to stir the pot just curious how it’s going to be achieved! With the state of the city and country I would not prioritise cycle lanes! I think we have more pressing issues to deal with!

There doesn’t seem to be anyone in this country who can manage traffic I used to cycle from Rathfarnham to harcourt street and back every day in the late 60s early 70s nothing has changed WHY?? You will get voted in all full of promises and still nothing will change 🤬🤬 spare us the political nonsense.

i didnt choose this area randomly 😅 lying to ppl in first 5 seconds wow that is impressive...try to film this on Oconnell st, Westmoreland st, Aston quay, College green etc where cyclists and pedestrians dont even look at the lights when crossing the road...post that on social media 😉👍

Sort out the problem with the parking by giving places for cars to park at a reasonable cost, no one I know bothers to go to the city centre any more, between one-way streets and the cost of parking they couldn't be bothered, not even at xmas and have no interest in your public transport, the city centre has been dying off for a long time now! You couldn't drag me onto them germ filled buses or luas!!! Not that some of the taxis are any cleaner. I would have to walk a mile from my home just to get a bus to start with and a mile or more to get where I want to once in the city. And thats for the cost of the fairs! Yous are having a laugh right?

90% of cyclist think road laws don't apply to them. But yet again you want to penalise Motorists..

There's a park with paths that arnt busy right beside that busy road you complaining about that road users are paying one of the highest road taxes within the EU for.

Same old shit from you guys all the time if you’re elected ye do nothing only mouth off small fish in a big pool no say whatsoever Gravy train👎

Motors pay tax and ins to be on the fucking roads cyclists pay fuck all.😡😡😡😡

You don't want to share the roads that were built for cars with those cars you want to take over them for you and your cyclists mates

Can't vote for a man that wants to stop you getting to work by car. And if you're disabled or elderly he'll stop you using your car to get around.

Great idea apart from the amount of ass holes on bicycles in the city their worse than cars an trucks for braking red lights ignoring road signs etc

Roads are for cars that’s why they get priority. For many it’s the only way to their workplace.

Until we have a proper and affordable public transport system PLEASE stop banging on about bloody cycle lanes. Many cyclists need to do a theory test as they don’t seem to know the rules of the road...

And the cyclist riding through the red light don't get a mention.

He didn't seem to notice the cyclist going through the red light

Is more important things going on in the country in traffic lights

Sort out housing/hospitals why are all the opposition talking about racism and stuff like this...are you controlled or what?

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There's clearly an issue with the distribution of space for mobility in Dublin, far too much road space is given over to traffic while pedestrians are forced to cram onto narrow pavements, please can we fix this @DubCityCouncil @DublinCommuters

PLEASE RT! Limited Junior Infant places available in #Killester #Raheny #Clontarf @EducateTogether National School - opening this September! Enrol here: https://t.co/OzeHkgtmL7

Not sure @DubCityCouncil have fully grasped the idea of pedestrianisation.. Barricades everywhere and people stuck using the same terrible cluttered pavements.. Designed to fail?

Ok I couldn’t resist. Road surface at #StreetsAreForPeople was so dire today, I just grabbed a stock photo of some standard Dutch paving and whacked it into my pic (no mansplaining please about the specifics of this particular layout!) JUST TO SEE how it could possibly look...

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