Hi, I’m Dave Quinn and I’m delighted to introduce myself as the Social Democrats representative for Dun Laoghaire.
I have lived in Dun Laoghaire Monkstown for over 20 years, helping to raise our four children in the area. An engineering graduate from Trinity College, I started a computer software company in 1980 and we still employ people locally.
Along with other local parents, we founded The Red Door in 2001, a special school for children with autism and complex needs. I am a Board member of Inclusion Ireland, the national organisation representing people with intellectual disabilities.
I am an active member of Basic Income Ireland, advocating Basic Income as a means to modernise our income taxation and social welfare systems for the benefit of all.
Oh, and I sing in the local choir . . . badly.
Why the Social Democrats?
I was inspired by the principles and values of the new Social Democrats when the party started just over 3 years ago. The party was founded on the principles of progress, equality, democracy and sustainability. Our co-leader TD’s Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy are inspirational and are at the forefront of all that is good in the Dáil.
Already, the SocDems are having a very significant impact on legislation and promoting major reforms within Ireland:
- Slaintecare – the blueprint for reform and delivery of universal health care
- Anti-Corruption – calling out the need for a full-time anti-corruption body to help protect the State and citizens from any more large scale corruption
- Extended parental leave – legislation proposed to increase parental leave to 6 months from the current 18 weeks, intended to promote a better work-life balance and improve children’s welfare
Local Election Candidate
Having been appointed to the Social Democrats Council for the last 2 years, as one of the Dun Laoghaire’s representatives, I was honoured to be selected to become a candidate in the forthcoming local elections next May. It’s going to be a real challenge – but we’re going to give it everything. The Dun Laoghaire branch is a fantastic group of people and we are rarin’ to go. Along with my colleague Sinéad Gibney in Blackrock, we hope we can help make a real difference for all the people in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. Sinéad is also our Dáil candidate, whenever the general election is called. We’d love to have your support.