homelessness pledge

I support a Fracking Free Ireland. If elected, I will work to ensure that fracking is not permitted in my area (as I did last year when I voted against fracking as part of Clare County Council)

















About Me:

I was born at home in Ballyknock, Kilnamona and still live there today on my farm with my wife, Eileen. We have one daughter, Eilis, and three sons, Damian, Ciaran, and Ruairi; one grandson Calum and five grandaughters: Moya, Robyn, Faye, Kathy & Sophie. I attended Kilnamona National School and Ennis Technical School or Ennis Community College, as it is known today. 

Besides current affairs, my interests are the GAA, traditional music, playing cards, singing, walking and swimming. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I could never imagine my life without the land, and I like nothing better than working on the farm. I was employed by DeBeers for 28 years. During this time I was a SIPTU shop steward for 18 years. I also represented Kilnamona GAA club on the Clare County Board from 1974 to 1995 and was a Munster Council Representative for Clare during 1992/1993.  

I always admired Jack Lynch, Sylvester Barrett and Sean LaMass before I entered politics and when I started to work with DeBeers, Shannon, John Sheehan asked me to join Fianna Fail. In 1979, I stood for Clare County Council, but was unsuccessful having received 521 first preferences votes. In 1985, I was first elected for the Miltown Malbay area and again in 1991. In 2000, the Electoral Areas were redrawn and the Miltown Malbay area was dissolved. As a result, I decided to run in the Ennis Electoral area and was elected within 50 votes of heading the pole, despite not being able to vote for myself. I was a member of the mid-Western Regional Authority from 1994-2001 serving as vice-chairman between 2000-2001.  

In 2001, I left the Fianna Fail party for a variety of reasons mostly because of my disagreement with their policies on Ennis General Hospital, Shannon Airport, the development of the west of Ireland, employment and agriculture. On Feb. 11, 2001 I decided to stand as an Independent candidate for that General Election. I was elected to Dáil Eireann with 19.52% share of the vote, and had the honour of representing Clare in the 29th Dáil from 2002 - 2007. I am currently a member of Clare County Council; where I continue to work to improve my county and my community.