Candidate for Dublin South-Central

Tara has lived and worked in Dublin since 2005, initially as a Community Development Worker for Ballyfermot Partnership which supports the local community to tackle social exclusion and poverty caused by unemployment, and other social factors.

She currently works for the Clondalkin Drug and Alcohol Task Force, which aims to significantly reduce the harm caused to individuals and society by the misuse of drugs.

She is a huge supporter of Community Arts and has been involved with MaSamba, a community based Brazilian samba band for ten years.

Tara has a degree in Public and Social Policy from NUI Galway and a Master’s degree in Community Development.

Originally from County Mayo, Tara lives in Kimmage with her five-year-old son.

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“I am passionate about equality and sustainability. I have a keen interest in affordable quality childcare, accessible education and building strong communities using the principles of community development.”

“I am passionate about equality and sustainability. I have a keen interest in affordable quality childcare, accessible education and building strong communities using the principles of community development.”

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After years of campaigning for the last Magdalene Laundry building owned by the State to be preserved as a memorial to survivors, Councillor Gary Gannon for Dublin Central for Dublin Central succeeded last night in blocking the sale of the site on Dublin's Seán McDermott Street.

Watch Gary's stirring speech in Dublin City Council chamber calling on his fellow councillors to support his motion to block the sale of the site to a hotel chain.
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One of the most promising and articulate young politicians out there 👏🏼

I couldn't agree with you more Niall.

2 weeks ago

Tara Deacy

We had a very informative discussion about the new Bus Connects proposals during the week.

Some attendees spoke about the need for change and the need for improvements in the current system. Others expressed their concerns about the impact the proposed changes may have on them and the rest of our community.

I am working on a submission to highlight these genuine concerns and will be submitting it to the National Transport Authority. If you want to get in touch to include your comments in this submission please feel free to contact me. Thanks a million Tara.
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We had a very informative discussion about the new Bus Connects proposals during the week.

Some attendees spoke about the need for change and the need for improvements in the current system. Others expressed their concerns about the impact the proposed changes may have on them and the rest of our community.

I am working on a submission to highlight these genuine concerns and will be submitting it to the National Transport Authority. If you want to get in touch to include your comments in this submission please feel free to contact me. Thanks a million Tara.

3 weeks ago

Tara Deacy

Stepping Aside
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Hi everyone.

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,
Dermot
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So grateful to incredible people like @louiseinflight and others in @sparkireland who work tirelessly every day for lone parents and their families without any government funding, thank you for all you do!.

Budget the acid test for how ‘lone parents treated’

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Lone Parents are in crisis. We need Budget 2019 to recognise this and offer real solutions.

Very disappointed with @AerLingus. I was waiting at gate 335, watching the monitor for the flight to Toulouse. However, the monitor wasn't updated and the announcement on the gates being changed was made through the telecom. I am #Deaf and didn't hear it. Missed the flight!

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