Local Election Candidate for Firhouse-Bohernabreena
Rob is an electrician and entrepreneur with strong interests in efficiency, education, housing and social policy.
In 2008 when the recession came he emigrated to Canada and then to Sweden where he was very impressed with social democracy. Rob thinks Sweden has many fantastic structures set in place that enhance the lives of its citizens which he believes could be implemented here to great benefit of our country.
He returned to Ireland in 2016 and started his own business. He believes that small enterprises can play a key role in providing employment, improving living standards and building a more cohesive society. When not working Rob enjoys the outdoors, hiking and diving.
Rob wants to see a better functioning society where everyone can reach their full potential and goals. He looks forward to working with you to enhance his local area and he asks to feel free to contact him with any questions, suggestions or ideas you may have.
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Rob Hunter - SocDems shared Carly Bailey's post.
2 days ago
Spent the day reconnecting with other SocDems candidates as well as members of our campaign teams. It was fantastic and reminded me of what it is we as a party are trying to achieve.
A new vision for the kind of Ireland we want to be a part of. We all bring our own experiences and activism, our love of community and our passion for a fairer, equitable and more compassionate Ireland.
As always, childcare was provided on site, making this life possible for parents of young children like me.
Bring on the local and European Parliament elections in May! ... See MoreSee Less
Rob Hunter - SocDems shared Cllr Dermot Looney's post.
5 months ago
With great sadness we see Cllr Dermot Looney announce he will step down from SDCC but in his place will be the best possible replacement. Carly Bailey. And this Saturday work begins on the changover. Please do come along and help out.Stepping Aside
With mixed emotions I want to let people know that I’ll be stepping down from South Dublin County Council next year. Some time ago I decided that I would not be contesting the 2019 local elections. I’m now glad to support my friend and colleague Carly Bailey in running in this area in both the locals and the next general election. I will continue to serve as a Councillor until the local elections which are due to take place in May 2019.
I have been working alongside Carly for over a year now on a range of local and national issues and am struck by her dedication to community, equality and hard work. She is a superb activist and community leader with whom I’ll be campaigning hard over the next 9 months. I am proud to endorse Carly Bailey not only for the new Rathfarnham-Templeogue electoral area in the Council election, but also for Dublin South-West in the general election.
The “Rathfarnham-Templeogue” area replaces most of the existing local electoral area I currently serve. It includes the communities of Greenhills, Perrystown, Manor Estate, Templeogue, Ballyboden, Ballyroan and those parts of Walkinstown, Kimmage and Terenure in the SDCC area.
Carly will be joined by Rob Hunter who is running in the new Firhouse-Bohernabreena ward which includes Firhouse, most of Knocklyon, Ballycullen, Woodstown and the Dublin Mountains area. I have huge confidence in Rob as a candidate and know he will be a superb Councillor and advocate.
The Social Democrats also have a strong and capable candidate in Dublin South-Central for the next general election in Tara Deacy. Tara brings that same commitment to community and fairness in the hard work she is doing across Dublin South-Central.
You will find contact details for Carly, Rob and Tara on Twitter, Facebook and the Social Democrats’ website.
Carly, Rob and Tara have the energy, passion and new perspective we need on our Councils and in the Dáil. I will be canvassing with them and other local Social Democrats in the months ahead to ensure the best possible representation for all the areas I represent. We need all the help we can get in building this new force in Irish politics; please contact any of us to get involved.
For my own part, it has been a singular honour to have represented my community as a County Councillor since 2009, as Mayor of the County in 2013-14, and on dozens of committees, boards and groups working for the betterment of our area. When I step down I will have served 10 years on the Council, having started at the age of 26 in 2009. I have a lot to say about local government, the role of Councillors and politics in general, but that will be for another day.
For now, I want to thank my fellow Councillors, of all parties and none, for their support, engagement and, often, friendship. I also extend thanks to Council officials and staff with whom I’ve worked, sometimes in difficult situations, and the decency so many of them have shown to me and the people I represent.
I’m particularly thankful to the Social Democrats, who I joined last year and have such high hopes for going into the future. Although I’m coming to the end of my time as a Councillor, I will continue to work with the Social Democrats locally and nationally and strongly believe they can become a force for genuine change in Irish society. My family, friends and work colleagues have been a constant source of support to me throughout my time as a public representative and I hope to have more time for them all when I step down.
Most of all, I want to thank the people of this area for the trust they have shown in me, first in 2009 as a first time candidate, and again in 2014 when they returned me at the top of the poll. While I have been lucky enough to have received votes and support from across my current and previous wards, the people of Greenhills and the wider Dublin 12 area in particular have shown me extraordinary decency, respect and patience. This is a community I’ll go on to live in and hopefully work for in other capacities in the future.
I apologise to those I wasn’t able to help, those I was slow in getting back to, and those whose events I’ve missed. I’ve been far from a perfect public representative but have tried my best with limited resources, usually on my own, trying to balance with a job and a personal life. I’m proud of my achievements as a Councillor, my commitment to left-wing principles and ideas, and my work in general. There’ll be another day for detailing those. For now, my email and social media accounts remain open for anyone who needs to get in touch, and my work as a Councillor will continue.
When one of my political heroes, Tony Benn, finished his time as an MP, he said it would give him “more time for politics.” We’ll see if I do get that opportunity for other forms of activism next year. For now, I’m looking forward to the remainder of the Council term and the space and time I’ll have for other personal and professional projects and commitments.
Go raibh maith agaibh,
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Rob Hunter - SocDems shared Social Democrats Dublin South West's post.
8 months ago
Dublin South-West says Yes. A Brilliant day and result for the women of Ireland.A resounding Yes as Dublin South-West Tallies show 74.6% Voting to repeal the 8th Amendment. Thanks to everyone who did :) ... See MoreSee Less
The final day before we vote. This is why we want to see the 8th Amendment repealed. It's a mater of respecting the women in the country and encouraging safe sex to reduce the number of crises pregnancies. Vote Yes
Social Democrats Dublin South West
Dublin south-West Representatives @Carly Bailey and Rob Hunter - SocDems speaking on why it is so important to Vote Yes on friday. It's time for change and tomorrow is our opportunity. Please Vote Yes. ... See MoreSee Less
In the new Firhouse-Bohernabreena area, our candidate is @RobHunterSocDem - again, you can follow Rob and get in touch with him via Twitter.