I was born in Magherafelt and I have lived here all of my life. I am employed by a local Joinery firm and when I am not working I enjoy using my free time volunteering in my community. I am a member of O Donovan Rossa GAC, Magherafelt. I began playing football when I was eight years of age and I hung up my boots whilst in the reserves. After my playing career I decided to continue my connection with the GAA and seventeen years ago I became a referee. In the interim I also became a member on the Ulster GAA panel for ladies football.
I worked with youth in Magherafelt through my affiliation with the scouts and cubs as a leader. I also travelled to Lourdes on many occasions where I had the great privilege to aid the elderly and those with special needs.I am also very involved in my local parish. I am a Eucharistic minister at the Church of the Assumption in Magherafelt and I also help with the Saint Vincent de Paul collections afterwards. I am Prolife and I firmly believe that everyone has the right to life – that is the primary reason I’m standing in these elections for Aontú.Business and infrastructure in Magherafelt cannot be understated and I want to work towards regeneration of local enterprise.I am fiercely opposed to mining in the Sperrins. Magherafelt is a large growing town but it is largely surrounded by the rural sector and I feel that we should support our important local agricultural sector.As a resident of Magherafelt, I am acutely aware of other needs within the area, which have sadly been overlooked in favour of futile expenditures by the council – many dimly lit areas require additional street lights for example. We also need to be more mindful of the elderly in our society and provide independent living spaces for them by increasing and improving care within their own homes.I will work very hard to improve, promote and develop the community and address the concerns of my constituents.