Train driver Donal declares for upcoming local elections
TRAIN driver Donal Fallon has thrown his hat in the ring as an independent candidate in the Wexford Municipal District election.
Donal, of Whiterock Heights, works as a train driver in Rosslare Harbour.
He is a son of Mary and the late Joe Fallon and spent his early years in the Faythe, later moving with his family to Talbot Green, where he lived for 25 years.
He was known for his voluntary work in Talbot Green where he cut the grass for many years.
He is continuing his community activity in Whiterock Heights where he has helped residents reduce the cost of their management fee by 50%.
Donal is also well-known for his voluntary work at weekly bingos in Clonard, Dun Mhuire, St. Joseph's Community Centre and Murrintown.
He has been involved in fundraising for Wexford Model Railway Club, the RNLI in Wexford and Kilmore, the Rosslare Harbour/Kilrane Festival, St. Joseph's Community Centre, Wexford CBS, the Ben Wadding Trust and Monageer School.
He is a promoter for the weekly lottos at Clonard Community Centre and the Faythe Harriers Hurling and Camogie Club.
He is a committee member of Whiterock Heights Management Company, Wexford Model Railway Club, St Joseph's Community Centre Management Company and St. Joseph's Handball Club.
Among Donal's priorities are housing, job creation, increased funding for organisations supporting people with special needs and investment in facilities at Rosslare Harbour.
He argues that following the introduction of the property tax, Councils should take over the upkeep of estates that currently have to pay management fees.
'These estates are paying twice for effectively the same thing which is the upkeep of their estates while waiting for the Council to take them over in the future anyway,' he said.