By Andrew Nally
Cllr. Michael O’Sullivan Labour
Michael O’Sullivan was selected to replace Deputy Eric Byrne on Dublin City Council in March 2011, representing the Crumlin-Kimmage ward. Originally from Walkinstown, Michael lives in Drimnagh with his wife Brenda, who teaches in a local primary school, and their two daughters.
Michael has a strong interest in education and justice issues. Having previously worked as a residential social worker in the inner city, he currently works in the area of education and campaigning around concerns relating to global justice and the environment. He is a founder member of both the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland (MRCI) and the Irish Debt and Development Coalition, and continues to serve on the board of MRCI.
Cllr Sheila Howe Labour
Following the election of Ballyfermot based Councillor Michael Conaghan to the Dáil, Shelia Howe was co-opted onto Dublin City Council for the Labour party. Living and working within the Ballyfermot community her main interests lie within the progression of the local community and surrounding areas.
She has lived in the Ballyfermot area for over 35 years and is widowed with five children.
Having been a youth leader for many years with the Ballyfermot youth club, she is a volunteer and fundraiser in the local Day care centre. Sheila is also a member on the Garda forum in Ballyfermot. She has been nominated for Ireland Involved awards and received a certificate of recognition for contribution as a volunteer in the community.
Cllr Pat Dunne People Before Profit
Originally from Kimmage, Pat worked in administration for a community facilities office and lives in Walkinstown with his now grown up family for over 26 years
He supported the anti-bin charges campaign and organised the campaign against Water Charges in the 1990s. He and his colleagues in People Before Profit are opposed to the imposition of service charges on the family home.
Pat’s involvement includes Community Games, Residents Associations, Community Networking, Sport and Local Resource Centres. He has campaigned for community policing to tackle anti social issues and offensive graffiti. Pat is Chairman of the Dublin 12 Development Action Group which stopped developers building unwanted and unsuitable high rise apartments in Dublin 12. He is a member of SIPTU and a campaigner for workers’ rights.