Sponsored: Election profile – Bridie Collins, Fianna Fáil

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1.Tell us about your background?

MY NAME is Bridie Collins and I grew up as one of six sisters in a very traditional rural, farming community in Frosses, Co. Donegal.  After secondary school, I studied Horticulture and Sports Turf Management in college.  I came to Adare in 1998 to work in Adare Manor as a gardener. I married Seán Collins in 1994 and we have three children. We run our bar Seán Collins & Sons together.
In my role as chairperson of Adare Tidy Towns and through my daily life as a parent and business owner, I fully understand the importance of Local Government and how vital local representation is to a community. I am very much enjoying the campaigning for local election and I look forward to the challenges that the role will bring if I get elected.

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2.What do you hope to achieve if elected?

IF ELECTED I hope to put pressure on the necessary parties to bring forward the start date of the Limerick to Foynes road which includes the Adare bypass. This is an absolute priority.  The well-documented traffic situation in Adare is causing huge problems for areas in the hinterland that have become rat runs for traffic avoiding Adare.

If elected I would work to ensure funding is provided for Adare Sewage Scheme which had been promised for over 30 years.

3.The best reason for someone to give you their vote?

AFFORDABLE housing and appropriate social housing is a need in every village and town including Adare in the Adare/ Rathkeale electoral area.

I believe that Broadband is a utility and should be available to each and every home and business throughout the electoral area as a matter of urgency.

I believe that all communities should have services such as clean water supplies, access to public transport and good health care.

I believe that people should vote for me as I am a good communicator, a very hard worker and I like to see a project through to the end.