Liam was born in Derry City in 1963 as the second eldest of seven children. He studied at St. Columb’s College before moving to Belfast in 1983 to train as an adult mental health nurse. He qualified in 1987 and he has worked in mental health services in Belfast for 35 years. After his recent retirement, he now devotes his time to helping within the local community. Liam has always had an interest in politics, heavily influenced by his family; his father stood for local election and he has remained an inspiration for Liam throughout his life. Living in Crossgar for the past 18 years, Liam has developed a keen awareness of local issues, through both professional and personal experience. As a father of six children, he is aware of difficulties facing education, and he has personal experience especially regarding funding and access to educational needs assessment.
He is a committee member of CAPAA (Children, Adults, Parents and Autism) – which is a social group for children and young adults with autism and other neurodevelopmental difficulties, and he wants to help address some of the challenges these children may face throughout their journey to adulthood. In particular, he would like to help this group set up a safe, conducive space to create a stable environment for these individuals, as they do not currently own premises from which to work.
Another major motivator which has encouraged Liam to take an interest in politics has been his strong pro-life views. The stance taken by Peadar Toibin and Aontú in the protection of the unborn and recognition of the fundamental right to life had a profound impact on Liam. The present political climate demonstrates division among the community, however with an ethos centred around traditional family values, this is a party which caters for all.