As we enter the final week of the campaign, my mind is constantly fixated on
what I have been doing over the past month and asking myself questions about
whether I have done this literature drop, organised that canvas, or attended
For someone like me, who has always been interested and involved in
community work, the campaign is like being on a continual high, talking to
people, learning more about what concerns them and developing ideas about
what needs to be done about those concerns. My community involvement has
been the thread that has appeared throughout my campaign and I have made
no bones about it.
Obviously, I want to win and win well, but the past two weeks have been an enormous and worthwhile learning experience in itself. I really have come to appreciate what it means to live in Balrothery, Balbriggan, Skerries and Loughshinny, the remarkable advantages we have living in this beautiful part of the world and the formidable challenges we have as we seek facilities for fuller lives for ourselves and particularly for our sons and daughters. I have learned a
lot and I am anxious to put that learning to good use representing the people of
North Fingal on the Council.
It is my hope and dream that, if I am elected, I will be able to look back in five
years time and see a series of accomplishments which have made real and
substantial improvements to the lives of my neighbours, acquaintances and
friends living here.
I have many people to thank. I would like to express my gratitude to Fianna Fail, first of all. Not only did they take a chance on a political novice to take a seat in this important constituency, senior members here like Darragh O’Brien,
T.D. and Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee took the time and effort to guide me during the campaign and show me the ropes. I want to thank all of those
people who opened their doors to me and my team and engaged with us. Some
were more challenging than others, but I would like to assure them that I will represent their interests as energetically as those who promised me support in
To the team that helped me canvas doors, put up posters, distribute leaflets, I will not list you in case I commit the mortal sin of leaving someone out. But without you, there really would have been no campaign. Many, many thanks! I want to thank John and those in both the business, sporting and voluntary communities for their advice and encouragement. And especially, I want to thank Dionne Flanagan who managed this campaign in a smart, efficient and upbeat manner. She has been the real star during this campaign and I will always be enormously grateful to her regardless of the outcome.
But at the heart of any campaign, I would like to thank my family. I don’t know
if Jackie and the kids knew what they were agreeing to when I started this, but
they have become my greatest and most important supporters. Guys, if you
think your lives have been disrupted during the campaign, that is going to
change if I am elected. The work is only beginning!
On Friday, PLEASE VOTE! It is important to express ourselves democratically.
And Please Give NIALL KEADY Your Number One. If you have already promised someone else your number one, please give me your Number Two or your highest preference.