Today I was honoured to be co-opted to South Dublin County Council following the resignation of William Priestley, our Green Party poll-topper in Rathfarnham-Templeogue in the 2019 Local Elections. The co-options of Susan Crawford in Clare and myself push the Green Party's councillor group to a 50/50 gender balance.

Many thanks to the Green Party members of Rathfarnham-Templeogue who took part in the selection convention and election - I won't let you down!

At my first meeting of South Dublin County Council, I was pleased to lend my vote to motions to retain our Local Property Tax at the lowest possible level and to push for the inclusion of Changing Spaces inclusive facilities at Tallaght Stadium.

SDCC's Green councillors at the September council meeting, held at the National Basketball Arena to ensure social distancing: Liam Sinclair (Tallaght Central), me (Rathfarnham-Templeogue), Peter Kavanagh (Clondalkin), Clare O'Byrne (Firhouse-Bohernabreena)

In recent years, Green Party representatives have preferred to push for marginally higher rates of LPT with a view to delivering specific service improvements with the increased revenues. However, the ongoing pandemic means households across our county are facing serious financial uncertainty, and for the Green group  this context shifted the balance in favour of retaining the -15% rate for the coming year.

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