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Having served as a Senator since April 2016, it was a huge honour to be re-elected for another term in March 2020.
Back in 2016, I pledged to campaign for the arts, culture and heritage; for young people; for LGBT+ rights and for Seanad reform. To that end, I have consistently endeavoured to work across the floor, and almost half of my 11 private members bills have been co-signed by others.
I have been active in politics for over ten years. I have served as a County Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure and I have served as the youngest Mayor of South Dublin County Council. During my term, I prioritised homelessness, the referendum for marriage equality, and youth unemployment. I reduced the Mayoral salary by 10% and the Council awarded the monies to Saoirse Women’s Refuge, BeLonGTo, and Citywise.
Since 2016, I have had one of the best voting records in the Seanad. I have waived every increase to politicians’ pay and gifted the money back to the Exchequer.
As a musician, I have performed extensively and toured around the world. I am a voluntary director at the Civic Theatre and I serve on the executive of the Musician’s Union of Ireland.
I believe in fighting for a society that is inclusive and fair, using every available forum to make social and political change. I believe in empowering people to find their voice; in their school, on their street, in their local club, community, or workplace. I believe in empowering people to stand up for others in their community who may not be able to, or who may not yet believe that change is possible.
I am a republican because of all of these things. I am also a republican because I am a united-Irelander.
At the age of 17, I moved to Galway City where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television, with Gaeilge and Culture. Before that, I attended St. Mac Dara’s Community College and played gaelic football for St. Judes GAA Club in Templeogue. I currently play with Dublin Devils FC. I am also a supporter and season ticket holder at St. Patrick’s Athletic.