John Walsh is taking over as a local representative from my colleague, Cllr. Peggy Hamill. He has the full support of myself and Peggy in his new role.
John is originally from Glenville and currently lives in Castleknock.
John was educated locally in St. Francis Xavier's National School and subsequently attended Belvedere College. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin in Irish history and education. He has a passionate belief in education and will work tirelessly to extend educational opportunity for all in Dublin 15.
I am the new local representative for the Labour Party in Blanchardstown, Castleknock and Clonsilla, taking over from Cllr. Peggy Hamill.
Firstly, I wish to acknowledge Peggy’s hard work and dedication to our area over the last ten years.
I have worked closely with Peggy and with Minister Joan Burton on local issues – working for more primary and post-primary schools; job creation in Dublin 15; enhanced local amenities and quality planning rather than reckless development.
We have a strong community spirit in Castleknock but more has to be done to improve our amenities, protect local services and support community activity. A great deal can be achieved at local level even in difficult economic circumstances. I believe in working with local communities, sports clubs and residents’ associations to find constructive solutions to local problems.
I will work to attract jobs to Dublin 15; keep up investment in our schools and protect essential front-line services.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me - email me or give me a call.
He currently works as a lecturer and researcher in Education in Trinity College. He is the author of a highly regarded biography of Dr. Patrick Hillery, former President of Ireland and also wrote a major study of the first comprehensive and community schools.
John is a strong supporter of local sports clubs. A successful author, he is active in local history societies and was recently involved in local commemorations of the 1913 Lockout.
I look forward to working with John to make Dublin 15 a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Joan Burton TD,
Minister for Social Protection