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Saturday 23 August 2014

'I can make a difference'

Nicola Donnelly

Published 03/06/2014 | 05:32

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Joe Newman celebrating his election Pic: Tim Ralph Photography

RUNNING as a first time candidate in the local elections, Joe Newman is now one of the four Independent candidates elected in the Swords ward on Fingal County Council.

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RUNNING as a first time candidate in the local elections, Joe Newman is now one of the four Independent candidates elected in the Swords ward on Fingal County Council.

Cllr. Newman, who is originally from Whitehall but has been living in Rivervalley for a number of years, feels he can now make a difference to the community.

He was elected on the 16th count reaching the quota of 1,406 with 1,407 votes, alongside Fianna Fail's Adrian Henchy who received 1,508 votes.

'A couple of people encouraged me to go forward and I feel I am competent to do a job for the people of Swords and Fingal,' Cllr. Newman told the Fingal Independent.

'I am passionate about helping people and I want to do this for the next five years, working for the people of Fingal.

'I feel I can make a difference to the community by encouraging residents associations and people to do a little but more for their communities.

'There is a situation now of a growing population and dwindling resources and the community has to do things a different way. I feel I can help the situation.'

Cllr. Newman, who has worked for numerous years as a contractor and self-employed in the heating and plumbing business, grew up in a family of eleven. Married to Jean, they have three children, Joanne, Jonathan and Philip, and he knows all of the issues involved with family life.

'Also, being self-employed I've been able to get out there and earn my own living. So I hope to turn these skills into working for the community in the future,' he said.

'I feel I can be positive and constructive and offer solutions.'

He said he enjoyed the canvassing trail with his team of canvassers, whom he described as being 'fantastic.

'There are a lot of issues on the doorsteps including the national issues of property tax, water charges, medical cards,' he said, adding that one of the main issues he found people were complaining about was the rise in burglaries and crime in the area.

'There is also the issue of schools and not enough classrooms in the area. Bad planning is another issue such as proper infrastructure not being put into estates and traffic going through estates,' he added.

Cllr. Newman has thanked his wife Jean, children Joanne, Jonathan and Philip, his brothers and sisters, his Election team and everyone who supported him including those who voted for him.

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