Experience, commitment and enthusiasm for local politics are the key qualities we need in our Councillors in these tough economic times. From Rathangan, living in Newbridge, Fiona O’Loughlin has these qualities in abundance and has a strong proven record in local delivery.
A former primary school teacher, Fiona combines her role as a Public Representative whilst working with Special Olympics; through the SO movement, she has been a successful advocate for people with intellectual disability in Europe. Fiona played a key leadership role in heading the Host Town Programme for the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games, the greatest voluntary event Ireland has ever seen, liaising with 180 host towns across Ireland including 10 in Co Kildare.
“Aside from my constituency work, I led a debate in the European Parliament on two issues: 1, the need to re-think Educational priorities and policies in educating our young people for life, not just for academic exams and 2, the need for greater supports for small and local businesses. I also addressed the US Senate on the importance of Leadership in Communities, with special relevance to Northern Ireland”.
“I firmly believe our Society is Out of Sync. We have a serious SOS. All the figures for Kildare show crime is on the rise, numbers on the housing waiting list increase; our emergency services at Naas Hospital continue to function under impossible conditions, not enough school places. Our Health Service is ailing. This is not what our leaders in 1916 fought for.
I am a committed and dedicated public representative standing in this election, standing for a fairer, safer, better society.
A society where people feel secure in their homes. Basic rights such as a home, access to affordable, quality childcare, education, health services and safety in our homes and communities are essential. We must stop this two tier recovery that FG are supporting – we must fight for equality for all, and ensure basic housing, health, family supports and safety are available to all. Together we must work towards ensuring that our communities are good places to live, inclusive and safe for all. Let’s stop the SOS now!”