Having been a community activist all my life and a lifelong member of Fianna Fáill in 2014 I successfully contested the Local elections in the Comeragh area and won a seat. I served as a Councillor for 2 years and enjoyed my role as a public representative immensely.
In 2016 after securing the nomination from the Fianna Fáil party in Waterford I contested the general election, I was delighted and humbled to receive 10,603 votes, topping the poll and being elected on the first count. I also had the honor of being the first female Fianna Fáil TD to be elected for the party since 2007.
I have a strong grounding in the retail sector having worked as both an employee and an employer. I successfully ran the family business a grocery shop in Portlaw for 17 years and continued my career working in John Martin Jewelers in Waterford City for 10 years.
I was honoured to be asked to Chair the Oireachtas Comitte on Business Enterprise and Innovation which scrutinizes many pieces of very important legislation and has produced many reports in relation to the cost of doing business, Brexit and apprenticeships among others. I feel that my practical experience in retail gives me strong grounding for this role.
I am Fianna Fail Spokesperson for Older People and Health Promotion, an area I am passionate about. I work closely with the Alzheimers Society, Age Action, Nursing Homes Ireland and the Carers Association as well as many others. I also Chair the All Party Oireachtas Group on Dementia raising awareness for people with memory difficulties as they grow older. I have produced several pieces of legislation in relation to Fair Deal and Mandatory Sentencing for Crimes against Older People which are currently progressing through the Oireachtas.
I am married to Mick and have three children and I am lucky to have a great family support network. Having constituency offices in Waterford City and Dungarven, I believe in representing all of my constituents in Waterford City and County to the best of my ability.
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1st Saturday of every month
Tallow, 11am, St. Patrick’s Hall
Lismore, 12pm, The Red Hall
Cappoquin, 1pm, Community Centre
3rd Saturday of every month
Ardmore, 11am, Ardmore Community Hall
Clashmore, 12pm, Rising Sun
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Dungarvan, 10am-1pm, Constituency Office
3rd Friday of every month
Portlaw, Fountain Centre
Phone: 051 852532 | 087 7425020