New Election Area – New Candidate!

Dear neighbours,

I want to introduce myself to you as the new Green Party representative for our area and the new electoral ward of Rathmines/Rathgar. I will be using this website as a place to keep you updated about my work and my campaign…but before all that I felt that as a new candidate it was important for me to introduce myself and to tell you a bit about me and why I am running.

I was educated at Gonzaga, UCD, and Trinity, and grew up in our area, where I continue to live and work.

A decade working with vulnerable communities, most recently as a Child Protection Social Worker, has given me hands on experience of the tough circumstances affecting families across our locality at present. Ten years of volunteering as a Scout Leader at Leeson Park Scout Group have shown me that it takes involvement to build a community and hard work to make things better. It is now time to contribute more. I want to focus on our communities and the people who live in them.

I do not come from a political background. No one in my family has ever been involved in politics. I have decided to run now because I believe in these three things:

1. Smart planning of services and public facilities can improve our quality of life and strengthen our community.

2. Local businesses should be better supported by the Local Council.

3. Transparency and sustainable growth are needed more than ever as our city responds to changing times.

Over the coming months I will be visiting every home in our area and I hope to meet you in person. In the meantime please contact me directly and let me know whether you share these objectives and if you would be interested in working with me to make them happen.

patrick@patrickcostello.ie

@costellop

Patrick Costello