Councillor Una Power elected Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Councillor Una Power has been elected Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council at the Council’s Annual General Meeting on 8 June. Councillor Power, a representative of the Green Party, was elected to the County Council in 2019 as a first time Councillor, to represent the Killiney-Shankill Ward.
The AGM was held in the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Ferry Terminal, which was repurposed & refitted in order to allow for maximum physical distancing and to ensure room for all Elected Member and Council staff.
The new Cathaoirleach, who holds an MA in Public Policy at UCD, has worked as a political activist and in the NGO sector and has been a member of the Green Party for many years.
Speaking at the AGM on June 8, the newly-elected Cathaoirleach outlined her main aims foer her year as Cathaoirleach;
“Building healthier and more connected communities must be everyone’s priority over the next year. The last few months have been tough and there is a great deal of uncertainty in the future. We have to adapt, reprioritise and focus on helping to support our communities and our businesses come out of lockdown into our ‘new normal’. This will be my priority for the year ahead.
"Providing safe walking and cycling infrastructure for all ages and abilities will be a key focus of mine in achieving this aim, as well as ensuring people can safely access our local businesses.
"I want to develop a public realm guide, with information on parks, attractions and seating facilities, so that everyone can explore our county and make the most of our community.
"Working with my colleagues, I want to improve our Council’s engagement with citizens in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown by developing a citizen's engagement platform, like DCC Beta, where members of the public can suggest solutions to the issues facing their communities, or ways to improve their local area, which will then be trialled by the Council to gauge effectiveness. This has been really successful in Dublin City, and we want to replicate that here. It is residents who know their areas best and who can bring creative ideas on transport, planning, biodiversity and a whole range of issues to us. The Council is for everyone, and we want to ensure people have their say."
Councillor Séafra Ó Faoláin was also elected Leas Chathaoirleach at the meeting. Councillor Ó Faoláin, a representative of the Green Party, was elected in the Blackrock Local Electoral Area in 2019, as the youngest Councillor in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown at 22 years of age. Born and raised in the area, Councillor Ó Faoláin was educated in Blackrock College and Trinity College Dublin, where he was heavily involved in climate activism. He is currently studying a Masters in Public Policy in UCD.