Running for election on Wicklow County Council

March 14, 2019 by David Miller

I’m delighted to let you know that I’ve been selected as a Fine Gael candidate contesting for a seat on Wicklow County Council, representing people in Enniskerry, Bray and Kilmacanogue in the local elections that take place Friday 24th May 2019.

We now have two distinct electoral areas in Bray, Enniskerry & Kilmacanogue:

  • Bray East (where Aoife Flynn-Kennedy and Edward Whelan are running for Fine Gael); and
  • Bray West (where I’m running as a Fine Gael candidate alongside Ballybrew native and community activist Melanie Corrigan).

About me

I became an Irish citizen in 2012. I live with my wife Lara and our 5 children in Annacrevy. Lara’s part of the Slazenger family who own and run Powerscourt Estate and Golf Club.

At college in Edinburgh I studied Arabic and Persian, before studying and qualifying in law as a post-graduate.

Professionally, I’m a qualified litigation solicitor, having worked in both London and Dublin.

Today I run a successful technology start-up business, that I co-founded, based in Enniskerry. We help charities and clubs with safeguarding and the safe recruitment of volunteers working with children.

Community

I’m passionate about children playing sport (I’m secretary of my local soccer club, Enniskerry FC, one of the largest mixed gender children’s soccer clubs in the county). I currently coach the U7 girls, and am a child welfare officer as well.

I’ve made a lot of good friends through the club, and have seen a lot of kids do the same as well.

I sit on the board of directors of the non-profit County Wicklow Volunteer Centre, an independent non-profit which promotes the development of volunteering throughout the county, affiliated to the national volunteering agency, Volunteer Ireland.

In Enniskerry I’d like to play a part to support the local community in the Bog Meadow to:

  • build a new community astro, licensed for use by the local schools and user groups
  • re-build a modern, fit-for-purpose and welcoming community hall
  • finally secure proper funding to establish a playground for the community

(In 2018 I helped an amazing committee to organise a cross-community fundraiser – Enniskerry Broadway – where 100 people (and their supporters and sponsors) from the local community raised net €62,000 towards improving public playing amenities in the community of Enniskerry and beyond.

This is part of, potentially, a broader vision to attract funding and investment of between €500k to €1M to the local community (to finance a new astro; a new community hall; a playground).

Why do I want to run?

I’d like to play a part in leaving Bray West in even better shape than it is today. Part of that will involve me learning about what’s working well, and what’s not working so well; in Enniskerry, in Bray, in Kilmacanogue.

I’m passionate about the role that children’s sport has to play in improving physical and mental health.

I’d like to see a radical improvement in large-scale publicly available affordable shared sports playing facilities in North County Wicklow, for sports clubs inside and outside Bray.

I’d like to try to improve transport links for all, and housing opportunities, especially for young people and families.

As a technology entrepreneur, I’d like to see the area become a more attractive place to start and grow a business.

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