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Meet the candidates: Brian O’Connor, Fine Gael, Limerick City North

Meet the candidates: Brian O’Connor, Fine Gael, Limerick City North

Brian O'Connor

Address:

Thomondgate

Occupation:

I am a carer for Jim, my 94-year-old uncle.

I volunteer at St Munchin’s Community Centre and am part of the team that delivers ‘Meals On Wheels’ to almost 200 elderly and deserving clients across Limerick City daily.

I help out at my daughter’s Milk Market stall on Saturdays where she makes Limerick’s very own potato crisps.

I am proud to have served as a member of our Defence Forces.

Why have you decided to run in the Local Elections?

I am active in the locality; I have been supporting and participating with leading community members in taking collective action to enhance our community for many years.

As a member of Thomondgate Resident’s Association I have garnered vital insight and familiarity with issues affecting people in Limerick.

As assistant secretary to the constituency executive, I’ve gained valuable experience in the structural operation of local politics.

Community enhancement and development is an activity that I take great pride and enjoyment from. For example in 2013 I was part of the team that established Limerick City Community Radio.

Why should people vote for you?

For me, it’s about ensuring the best interests of our community are met.

I would welcome the opportunity to represent Limerick City North at council level and to effectively deal with matters that impact us.

My supporters are confident that I will be a fresh, strong and local voice for our area. They know how I work - if there is a task, it will be completed. They know me to work easily with people to get the job done.

With the support of the public, I want to ensure that all our concerns are properly addressed and not overlooked.

I take pride in this area, the people know me, and I am always available.

What do you think is lacking in your area and what will you be campaigning for?

I would prefer to be elected on the promise of hard work and results on all issues, rather than on a single platform.

There are many aspects to living in our community that affect the quality of life of fellow residents. Some of the headline issues are housing; schools; flood defences; anti-social behaviour; transportation such as bus services, cycle lanes, traffic and commute times along with derelict and vacant buildings.

Each of those issues deserves ample discussion and action due to the immense impact they have on the daily life of the city. There are solutions and quite simply I want to be a solid voice that represents the people of Limerick City North and to deal with the matters that affect us collectively.

Business development and job creation: With the help of a number of business owners in the area we are working together to help create the right conditions for developing businesses, making the area more attractive for investment and in turn creating jobs.

Community Defibrillators: With local businesses and community organisations we are working on a plan to provide public defibrillators across the ward. We hope to finalise this plan over the next few months and put it into action. We are actively seeking secure and accessible locations, defibrillators, sponsors, training in their use and a team of volunteers to respond to emergencies. We could save lives.

The experience I’ve gained throughout my career has taught me that it is better to sit down and talk, discuss, plan and if needed smooth out differences so that issues can be dealt with effectively.

I have the experience of getting things done. I have the network of people to help us get the job done. Together we can enhance our community by tackling each issue as they arise.

I want to work with you in creating a community that we all take pride in.

Our community matters.