Newly-elected local councillor Ciara Galvin, who had a baby only 3 months ago, ran for the Labour party in Celbridge after only entering the race at almost the last moment following the withdrawal of party stalwart Kevin Byrne for health reasons.
Today, she described her sudden successful introduction into local politics as 'couch to council in six weeks'.
She paid tribute to Cllr Byrne, "who served the people of Celbridge with quiet dignity for many years" and her opponent Brendan Young who lost out by only a small number of votes.
Ciara is a first-time candidate for the party. She grew up in Celbridge and has recently bought a house in the area with her partner Eugene and her 3 month old baby Éabha.
Ciara works as an advocate in the Workers Rights Centre in SIPTU, and has previously worked in the Dáil, the Seanad and the European Parliament.
She has a degree in Politics from Maynooth University and a Masters in Public Policy from UCD.
Ciara has been actively involved in the Celbridge community for many years, she was formerly a member of Celbridge Community Council (2008-2009) and served on The Grove Residents Association.
She was heavily involved in the Marriage Equality and Repeal of the 8th Amendment campaigns in Kildare North.
In 2014, she was Director of Elections for local election candidate Shane Griffin, and canvassed Celbridge extensively at that time.
Her local election campaign focused on housing, childcare, traffic congestion, playgrounds and the environment.
She said she wanted to make politics more family-friendly, and observed that although she is a first-time candidate, she has plenty of political experience and would be a strong voice for families in Celbridge.
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