Karen Power Co-Opted to Green Seat in Fingal following Joe O’Brien’s historic by-election win

January 13, 2020 0

The first Fingal County Council meeting of the new year began with the co-option of Karen Power to the Green party seat for the Balbriggan LEA.  Karen secured a win at the local green party selection meeting in early January and officially has begun her work as a Councillor for Balbriggan, Balrothery, Loughshinny and Skerries. She lives in Barnageeragh Cove, Skerries with her husband and their two young children. A communications professional she previously worked in the NGO sector and in the area of consumer rights and financial education.

Joe OBrien and Karen PowerSpeaking on the co-option Karen said; “I am honoured to have been selected to take up the seat with Fingal County Council and I will work tirelessly for the benefit of our communities. I have been extensively involved in a number of projects at community level already having led on the campaign that secured a much needed €8 million upgrade to our public water infrastructure, securing road signs and dog fouling bins and working with the Council on the creation of the Multi Use Games Area on the Balbriggan Road and I look forward to working on even more initiatives to ensure quality community life as a public representative.”

‘I want to see more of a focus by the Council on sustainable development, and development that’s done with the whole community in mind. We are on of the youngest, diverse and fastest growing areas in the county and with that in mind we need better infrastructure across the board, more sports facilities and proper action on tackling our oversubscribed schools.”

“One thing I want to see an improvement on is safer walking and cycling options, this is a core Green issue I will be pushing with Fingal County Council are the Greenway plans along our coast. Obviously this is something that is going to take time to be delivered but I want to see some key sections delivered within the next few years.”

On some of the most pressing concerns for Balbriggan Karen says: ‘I think it’s the rejuvenation strategy which is a fantastic initiative and the proposals for the Castlelands development which need a lot of work to bring them into line with the vision of the Our Balbriggan Rejuvenation Plan.”

“Obviously we can’t deny our transport infrastructure is an issue, trains are getting more packed to the point where we are facing health and safety concerns. As our communities continue to grow this is going to be pushed beyond breaking point so we need to be looking at ways to resolve the issues now.”

The council seat was previously held by Joe O’Brien until December when he won the Fingal By Election and was elected to Dail Eireann leading to a selection convention to select his successor. Joe said; “INSERT”

Karen has exceptional drive and energy and is a person who naturally likes getting involved in their community and most importantly likes getting things done. I am delighted that she will be taking up the Council seat as she will do an excellent job of working for the people of Balbriggan, Balrothery, Skerries and Loughshinny. I was very happy too to see that this co-option has seen another woman enter the political arena and helped to bring a bit more gender balance to the set of Councillors in Fingal. Karen shares a lot of my own values aswell in terms of commitment to the environment, equality and better infrastructure so I think the transition will be very smooth.