I am asking for your support in the local government election to become your local councillor for the Downpatrick DEA. I have recently become a member of Aontú. I joined Aontú having walked away from the SDLP due to their new policy regarding abortion, as I no longer felt comfortable with the party’s leadership on this issue, the same leadership that campaigned for repeal of the 8th amendment in the South.I have been working in a voluntary and community capacity over the past number of yearswhich I believe has allowed me to develop essential experience, knowledge and skills to confidently listen to and try to address the many issues that local people may require assistance with. I am 23 years old. I support young people through my work in the Patrican youth centre. I have a keen interest in the GAA and I love all aspects of my Irish culture, the language, traditional music and my heritage. My faith is also very important to me and I enjoy each and every opportunity to get involved in parish life.Since the delivery of the New Downe Hospital, I have been an active member of the Downe Community Health Committee and at every opportunity I have strived to keep the restoration, retention and development of a new range of services at the Downe at the top of my agenda.
I am also passionate about housingand If elected, I promise to work tirelessly with the NIHE to deliver new social and affordable housing developments in Strangford, Downpatrick, Saul and Ardglass.Our economy can only grow if we invest in our people, since I began my membership of the Downpatrick Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership I have worked with SERC and invest NI to fund training projects like ‘driving to success’ and the ‘you can project’, providing our young people with skills for business and employment. During my time with the neighbourhood renewal partnership, I have witnessed the provision of the Ballymote sports and wellbeing centre. I also believe there is a great need to develop the local social economy; this is something I studied at the University of Ulster. This is also an initiative that I have worked on via my involvement with the Downpatrick Community Collective on projects such as the monthly artisan market and the redevelopment and regeneration of the town centre, for example, establishing a boutique hotel in the old Irish street Police station.