About Anluan

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My name is Anluan Dunne and I am a Green Party candidate in the 2024 Local Elections in Kerry. My constituency area is the Tralee Municipal District which includes the villages of Fenit, Ardfert, Spa, Blennerville, Ballyseedy and the surrounding areas.

We need new energy and new ideas in Kerry County Council. It would be a sincere privilege to represent the people of the Tralee Municipal District and bring a fresh perspective, proactive leadership and dedicated representation


Living Local

I’m 43 and grew up in The Spa, Ventry and Tralee. In my late twenties and thirties I spent time living in Edinburgh, Melbourne and Cork after which I moved back to Tralee in 2012. My wife and I live in Oakpark, Tralee, with our two children.

Working Global

Professionally, I work for US multinational software company Red Hat which is a subsidiary of IBM. My role is as a strategic accounts manager where I work with my customers in Ireland to understand their business needs, challenges and opportunities. Utilising Red Hat software, professional services and training, I design, coordinate and manage major programmes of work to achieve success for my clients.

Prior to joining Red Hat, I worked with JRI America, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, for over 9 years. Located in the Kerry Technology Park, JRI-A/SMBC employ over 200 people in Tralee.

More information on my work and professional background can be found on my LinkedIn page.

Community

I have been involved across the community for many years and have served on the Kerry Public Participation Network, the Joint Policing Committee, National Cycling Advocacy Network, Tralee Tidy Towns and Kerry Cycling Campaign. In 2017 I founded Mountain Biking Kerry to advocate for the construction of a bike park in Tralee both as a amenity for locals and to add a new attraction to the town for tourists to enjoy.

I currently chair the Cycling Ireland Working Group on participation and advocacy.

Why I am running for Election

I want to bring new energy and ideas to Kerry County Council. Every council needs a diversity of experience and perspectives and we have an opportunity in 2024 to elect a refreshed and energised team of people to deliver for the people of Kerry

My focus is on how our towns and villages can reclaim their use as community hubs, supporting local jobs and creating a high quality environment within which to live.

This means tackling air pollution, re-prioritising how we provide transport options, creating space for our young people and changing how we all treat nature and our coastline.

We must also harness the opportunities presented by the green economy such as offshore wind energy generation, solar energy farms and more ecologically responsible tourism offerings.

Priorities

  • Work to increase housing for all, focussing on bringing town centre properties back to life as homes and businesses. Too many properties are vacant above ground floor
  • Tralee has one of the highest levels of air pollution in Ireland. I want to introduce measures to tackle harmful air pollution to protect your health
  • Enhance our town and village centres to attract people to live, raise families, visit and increase footfall to assist local businesses. Having an attractive, safe and liveable area is essential to attract, retain and encourage people to live here
  • Help people and communities to take steps to protect and restore nature and wildlife
  • Deliver upgraded footpaths, cycleways, Greenways, bus stops and a more accessible town for people with disabilities
  • Advocate for changes to junctions, roads and streets to increase road safety and accessibility
  • Work to create space for young people to meet, socialise and spend time. No provision is made for teenagers and I want to address this
  • Bring a much needed focus to environmental issues and measures to meet the climate challenge and biodiversity emergency

I want spaces for people to gather, to enjoy our beautiful county, for families to enjoy safe, accessible roads & streets and where everyone is enabled to make green choices in how they live their lives.


I want to see:

  • alternative options made available for people to get around our county such as more buses, better rail services and a massive roll out of cycleways and improved footpaths
  • reduced vacancy in our town centres, especially above ground floor, with incentives made available to attract a new cohort of workers seeking a better life outside of our cities
  • widespread development of people centric public spaces, especially for younger people, so they can safely enjoy time together in a way that helps maintain physical and mental health
  • expansion of sports facilities beyond what we have today, to encourage more people to get active in new ways such as mountain biking, rock climbing, archery, skateboarding and other non-team based sports
  • a reboot of country markets to encourage local, community based, food and other produce to be made more widely available and accessible