I have been a member of Wicklow County Council since the 1980’s . I live on our farm at Manor Kilbride, I am married to Kathryn Stokes and have two sons Robert and Michael.
The main theme throughout my political career has been the preservation of the rural and farming community. The provision of amenities in our towns and the advancement of education.
The rural community has suffered much in recent years with post offices, gardai stations and banks closing. As a rural dweller I fully understand the effect these things have on people’s lives.
The difficulties people have in obtaining planning permission has been an issue for many years. If young people cannot remain in rural areas the rural areas will eventually die. I am totally committed to supporting rural planning.
The farming people have been the custodians of the land for generations, without them it would become a waste land, everything must be done to preserve the farming community. In this regard greater support for the sheep section and the suckler farmers will be needed.
I have been a member of Wicklow VEC now the ETB since 1999 and a Chairman of St. Kevin’s Community College Dunlavin, Chairman of Blessington Community College and also a member of the Board of Scoil Chonglais Baltinglass. I believe that community based education has huge advantages in that it creates a sense of identity where children from perhaps 7 or 8 national schools come together and form a new educational entity entirely. We are lucky in our area to have schools of the quality of Blessington Community College, St. Kevin’s, Scoil Chonglais and Colaiste Bride Carnew. I am also a Governor of Tallaght IT.
I have never been elected to Wicklow County Council as anything other than an Independent and have found this to be a great advantage as it has given me the freedom to represent you without fear or favour in accordance with your wishes. I ask for your support on polling day to allow me to continue my work on your behalf.