Voluntary Board Member
Fiona first trained as a nurse in University College Hospital Galway and from here she volunteered in an orphanage in Romania, an experience she says fanned the flames of her interest in issues of equality and justice and its impact on children and their ability to succeed. She returned to NUIG to complete a degree in Law and Politics graduating top of her class with a double first class honours degree, followed by an MSc in PR, communication and advertising, Ulster University.
As Marketing Manager for Cerebral Palsy Ireland, one of Ireland’s largest voluntary organisations she successfully completed a nationwide re-branding of the charity to its current brand- Enable Ireland. Fiona’s experience in the voluntary sector re-enforced her beliefs around equality and its impact on both health and education.
Her diverse experiences are evident in her contributions to TV3’s daily Midday show and her specialist reporter role with TV3’s Midweek on which she explored issues surrounding the introduction of free GP care.
Fiona has been listed as one of Ireland’s leading female entrepreneurs. Her property sales website Privateseller.ie was shortlisted for a Golden Spider. She has been a finalist in the Network Ireland Entrepreneur Of The Year awards and for the IAA’s Net Visionary awards.
Fiona was elected to the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District topping the poll for FG on her first time to run for public office. As a newly elected Councillor, Fiona believes that a thriving SME sector, improved services and value for money are the minimum Kildare citizens should expect from their local government. Fiona believes the radical reform of local government offers unprecedented opportunities to shape and enhance representation of the citizens of Kildare. Fiona is passionate about services for children with disabilities and special needs, tackling childhood obesity and transparency and accountability in government.