Cllr Marian Hurley
Full-time public representative
Why have you decided to run in the local elections?
It has been a privilege to have served as Full Time Councillor in Limerick City & County Council since 2014. I was particularly honoured to serve as Deputy Mayor during 2017/18 when I met with some wonderful local communities, sports clubs and groups together with visitors from abroad. I believe I can influence change in my area by promoting works to be done by Council.
Why should people vote for you?
Having served one term as a councillor, I believe I have a proven track record. I have always endeavoured to improve my neighbourhood and wider community. I have been involved in committees and projects over the years which have resulted in better facilities for the area. Seeing the need for youth activities I helped to set up a local youth club in the Lisnagry area some years ago - this has now expanded to incorporate the greater Castletroy area. As a founder member of Annacotty Tidy Towns it is great to see the buy-in from newcomers to the area together with those longer standing residents. We were delighted to be recipients of the overall 'Going for Gold' award and have been building on the win year on year. Seeing the need for a centre for the performing arts in the area, I was instrumental in the development of the Kilmurry Arts & Heritage Centre in Castletroy. The centre is housed in a refurbished church building - a restoration project of which I have been a driving force for over 21 years ! This is seen as the 'hidden gem' in the community, providing a rehearsal space for the local 65 member strong 'Aoide' community choir, a drama group and a variety of artist offerings. I believe I have a 'can do' attitude and make sure to progress projects which show merit.
What do you think is lacking in your area and what will you be campaigning for?
With the huge growth in jobs and demand for housing we need to ensure that proper road infrastructure is in place. I am assured that the Metropolitan Area Strategic Plan (MASP), currently being prepared for the Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area is the appropriate vehicle to address the city and suburbs and adjoining area which supports the core of the city.
With the forecasted doubling in population of Limerick East in the next twenty years, it is a priority of mine to ensure proper foundations are put in place from the outset to meet the demands for services and facilities with both existing and new households.
Many areas seem to be experiencing incidents of anti-social behaviour and vandalism. I facilitated a recent follow-up meeting with local residents and the Gardai and am encouraged that additional Garda patrols are now in place and communities are availing of the opportunity to receive guidance and advice on crime prevention measures.