Councillor Jane Horgan-Jones
In March 2011 I was selected to replace Aodhán Ó Ríordáin on Dublin City Council to represent the areas of Clontarf, Fairview, Marino, Donnycarney, Raheny, Drumcondra and Killester.
I live locally in Clontarf and my family have also lived there for many years. I am in my fourth year of practice as a criminal barrister. Previously, I attended Dominican College on Griffith Avenue before going on to study Arts in UCD. I then attended the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns.
Since becoming a councillor, I have been active in numerous local campaigns – most particularly the campaign to defeat Dublin City Council’s plans to erect a flood barrier along our seafront.
I proposed the motion at the December 2011 City Council meeting that forced the City Manager to abandon these plans and go back to the drawing board. I also run a number of local community policing forums (in Collinswood and Gracepark) as well as Senior Citizens Forums in Clontarf and Marino/Fairview. I am also working with communities in Raheny and Donnycarney to secure long awaited flood defences for those areas.
I believe our society needs the passion and energy of young people to be the engine of a real force for change in Irish politics. The situation that has emerged over the past few years is so serious that we cannot afford to be complacent or indifferent to what is going on around us. I believe it is our responsibility to involve ourselves in the issues we care about; locally, nationally and internationally. We are facing serious challenges of unemployment and emigration over the coming years. However, we are also among the best educated young people in Europe. Working together, combining youth and experience, I know we can meet these challenges. If this is something you feel strongly about too, please consider becoming involved in the Labour Party in Clontarf.
I joined the Labour Party in 2004 and previously I was involved in Labour Youth where I served on the National Youth Executive from 2008 – 2009. During that time I was appointed as the Director of the Tom Johnson Summer School, the annual Labour Party Summer School for members to engage with policy and political discussion.