Trim Councillor and General Election Candidate for Meath West
Having spent several years working with an Irish charity overseas, Ronan returned home to Meath and became an English and History secondary school teacher at St Patrick’s Classical School, Navan.
His focus as a teacher has always been on helping young-adults become the best they can be, and he also co-ordinates the cross-country and athletics teams at school.
Back living in Trim with his wife and two young children, Ronan has a BA from Galway and MSc in Sustainable Development in Dublin.
“I look forward to meeting people and discussing how social democratic policies will help them and their kids into the future.”
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1 day ago
A Sunday in September & Meath in an All Ireland Final.
Hopefully the women will go all the way.
#RelaxingSundays #AllIreland ... See MoreSee Less
Best of luck
Beaten by a better team Ronan 😊
3 days ago
Robert Mugabe passed away last week. Leader of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 2017. From revolutionary hero to despot dictator.
I remember visiting in Zimbabwe as part of a study visit back in 2009. We got to meet lawyers and human rights workers who operating in an atmosphere of fear, despite the power sharing government that had finally partly helped take some of Mugabe's powers.
The people were stoic, warm and welcoming.
A few days before I left I found some Zimbabwean dollars that in the years previous had undergone inflation almost unparalleled where in 2007 they were printing 1 dollar notes and by 2008 it hit 100 trillion dollar (worth less than a laminate sheet it is held in) before they adopted the US$. That was a year prior to my visit and the tales heard were extraordinary.
Zimbabwe still has not properly entered a stable and flourishing democracy, a long way ago still but hopefully it won't ever turn back to the dark days of Mugabe. ... See MoreSee Less
He made everyone a millionaire
That place is screwed and South Africa is heading the exact same way.
Kildalkey National School Pedestrian Crossing
Throughout the week I have continued working on this issue listed both with Meath County Council (MCC) and members of the school's board of management.
While unfortunately it has gotten more complicated with a differing of opinions between contractor and MCC, there has been quite an amount of energy gone into it which is bringing it to a head.
Over the last week a number of people have been in touch with me (and other fellow councillors) on the outstanding work still to be done outside Kildalkey National School.
From what I understand the issue doesn't lie with the council but with the Dept. of Education as in this case they are the responsible party for this contract.
For these specific works (pedestrianised crossing and footpath) the Dept. of Education issued the contract and are financing it, not the council. The council's responsibility is to ensure that the work carried out is up to specification and that the pedestrianised crossing is safe.
From what I understand that the pedestrianised lighting design that was submitted by the contractor to the council in Oct. 2018 was not to specification so the council obviously have a statutory responsibility to request the contractor to look at the guidelines and redo.
The contractor was told to redo this and resubmit however as of this week they have yet to do so.
In terms of the footpath issue and the ESB pole, if there is a conflict between contractor and the ESB, this is something that again must lie with contractor and ultimately the Dept. of Education to make sure it is resolved.
I would have thought that if work was not carried out by a certain date, financial penalties could be applied. However, even if this was not written into the contract, surely as the purse-holders of the contract the Dept. of Education should have leverage enough to pressure the contractor to -
A. Re-submit a.s.a.p. the plans for the pedestrianised lighting to council so this can be signed off on and completed.
B. Resolve any issues with ESB re. the two ESB poles and finalise this segment of path.
I have passed this information to a member of the Board of Management who are meeting this evening and look forward to hearing what recommendations they have. ... See MoreSee Less
This September the HPV vaccine has been extended to secondary-school boys having already been made available to girls since 2010 and it is something I would really encourage parents to avail of it for their children.
HPV can cause cancers and quite simply the more young people vaccinated - both boys and girls - the better we can control the spread of the infection.
During the course of canvassing last year I met a gentleman who did not believe in this and other vaccinations, feeling they did more harm than good. As in every situation I try to engage positively. Ultimately the question I had to leave him with was whether we believe that the World Health Organisation; the Department of Health; peer-led medical research teams; and our local GP's (amongst others) are really looking out for our best interest or not when they advocate for us to protect our children by vaccinating them against HPV?
I believe they are.
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As you know I did fight for choice in the Repeal the 8th campaign. Of the present municipal council in Trim I was the only one who campaigned for a Yes vote. (Although I never campaigned with my Social Democrat hat but under the Together for Yes campaign). Only one other political representative in the district campaigned and she lost her seat. I knocked on doors in Trim, Enfield, Kildalkey, Navan, Athboy and Ballivor and several times I was told that it was 'not the place' of someone to tell another how to vote on such a sensitive issue. However, I think it is the responsibility of a public representative to be open and respectful with their views and while this is also a sensitise issue for many, I take that responsibility seriously. While I wanted people to vote yes during Repeal - for choice - most of all I wanted people to have the information and inform themselves. I realise choice is involved here too, although because it is adolescents who are receiving the vaccination that choice often lies with the parent, who obviously only has the best interests at heart for their child. I do agree that greater cervical screening should be available however unlike cervical cancer, there are no reliable screening methods to prevent other HPV associated cancers such as oropharyngeal cancer or anal cancer from developing. Prevention of these cancers through vaccination therefore represents the only effective intervention to decrease the burden of these cancers in the future. In terms of relationship & sexual education (RSE), as a trained RSE I teacher, I believe the curriculum offered in schools is light-years ahead of what I was offered as a child. However, I also accept not enough trained teachers are teaching the subject and many schools are not as strong in the subject as they are in the likes of Maths, English or Irish. While I do encourage parents to allow their children avail of the HPV vaccine, it is information and to inform ourselves, that my post also wants to highlight. I look at the work of individuals like Laura Brennan who spent her last 18 months advocating publicly for the HPV vaccine after receiving a diagnosis of terminal cervical cancer herself and I feel it is important that those of us in public positions carry on her work in asking parents to inform themselves on HPV and how the vaccination can help prevent its spread. www.irishtimes.com/news/health/we-are-lost-without-her-hpv-vaccine-campaigner-laura-brennan-26-di...
Well said Tania Dunne.
7 days ago
Wanted to explain a little more about motions & to mention the 2nd of 2 motions I put forward at last week's County Coubcil meeting where I asked for all municipal and county meetings to be broadcasted live (online) so to help increase the transparency and accountability of our meetings.
I believe that it will help bridge the gap that seems to have opened up between the public and their representatives, which you can see in the consecutive drops in voting in our local elections.
I've asked for the council to do a feasibility study of what it would cost to roll out.
#knowyourpolitics #transparency #accountability ... See MoreSee Less
#LE19 - We’re so very proud of every one of our 58 candidates and their teams who campaigned their hearts out up & down the country.
Some candidates came very close to taking seats & that in itself is a fabulous outcome given that so many were running for the 1st time. #SocDems
Meet your new councillor for Bantry - @HollyLeahCairns
Recount after recount - one vote in it! #LE19 #SocDems