Sponsored: Election profile – Brian O’Connor, Fine Gael

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1. Tell us about your background?

I LIVE in Thomondgate and I am a carer for Jim, my 94 year-old uncle.

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I volunteer at St Munchin’s Community Centre and am part of the team that delivers ‘Meals On Wheels’ to almost 200 elderly and deserving clients across Limerick City daily.

I help out at my daughter’s Milk Market stall on Saturdays, where she makes Limerick’s very own potato crisps.

I am proud to have served as a member of our Defence Forces.

2. What do you hope to achieve if elected?

FOR me, it’s about ensuring that the best interests of our community are met. There are many aspects to living in our community that affect the quality of life of fellow residents, some of the headline issues are housing; schools; flood defences; anti-social behaviour; transportation such as bus services, cycle lanes, traffic and commute times, along with derelict and vacant buildings.

• Garda presence and resources increased in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour and opportunist crimes across the ward.

• Community amenities such as the Thomondgate Nature Project, a dedicated dog park and greenway development.

• Initiating a feasibility study into a ‘City Imp’ bus service for the areas of Woodview and Mill Road.

• Cycling: properly planned and designed cycle paths constructed.

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

AS A member of Thomondgate Resident’s Association I have garnered vital insight and familiarity with issues affecting people in Limerick.

As assistant secretary to the constituency executive, I’ve gained valuable experience in the structural operation of local politics.

Community enhancement and development is an activity that I take great pride and enjoyment from. For example, in 2013 I was part of the team that established Limerick City Community Radio.

I have the experience of getting things done. I have the network of people to help us get the job done. Together we can enhance our community by tackling each issue as they arise.