"We need a representative who is passionate about change. You're that person!"
Sabrina Ferris
"I've worked closely with Cllr Francis Timmons many times, and he always comes from a strong social justice perspective. He's extremely hard working, passionate, and I wish him all the very best on May 24th. We need strong Independent voices like Francis in our Councils and local authorities.""
Senator Frances Black - Independent
"I am glad that a person of such integrity is going forward for public office."
Jim Jackman (Former President of the National Parents Council PP)
"He has inspired many people first hand and nothing ever seems to stop him promoting fairness and equality!"
Shonach Hanaphy
"It is a breath of fresh air to have a man such as yourself represent the forgotten public. With your years of first hand experiences, kindness and your courage to ask the right questions to the right people."
Margaret Kerslake
"Think you are a great independent voice for the people in Clondalkin."
Ann Reynolds
"Francis is very proactive within our community, will always follow up on your quires and mainstains clear communications at all times''
Jakki Byrne - Cherrywood
"if you need a voice on SDCC vote for Francis Timmons #1''
Mike Lowry - Newcastle
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On the 10th anniversary of the state apology to survivors of abuse and the 10th Anniversary of the Ryan Report I was honoured to speak in St Patricks Cathedral at a Celebration of Surviving , Below was what I said!

Good afternoon to all of you. My name is Francis Timmons. I would like to share with you what it means to me to be here today. I often speak with people who are the survivors of many varied experiences in their lives. Some are still learning what it means to be a survivor, how our past creates our present and our future. How different aspects of our lives have deeper and very significant meaning to us, and most of all how we allow those experiences to influence our lives today.

We say we are surviving together, but do we really reach out and help each other? Do we really understand what it is like, to go through life with scars so well hidden, we can pretend to ourselves that they have faded away and no longer need to be acknowledged by us.

But what if those very scars, those hidden wounds were visible. If they could be seen, spoken about, shared – without feeling afraid, without feeling we are “different” from everyone else.

The truth is we are not different, but throughout our history we have been labelled and made to feel afraid of people finding out about our experiences – why?  Because that’s the way it used to be!

The blame was placed on those who did no wrong. Those who were never given the support, nor the understanding, nor the respect to know none of us did anything wrong,

None of us asked to be abused, to be disgraced, to be “different”.

I would like you all, to pause for a moment, and think about the film “Schindler’s List”. Now think of why there was only one red coat seen, within a black and white film. Or cast your mind to another film The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas.  Both these examples tell us something, and that for me. is very real, as to why we are different from anyone else in this Country,

None of us who survived from so many different Institutions (and those harmed and abused outside of institutions) ever wore a “Red Coat” or a star on our sleeves. Yet we were given so many engraved scars, imprinted on our souls. We were set apart, denied justice of any description. We were ignored for so many years.

Behind stone walls, we were denied the right to be truly cared for. Our label of pain, and our deep hurt, has no colour.  We who walk upon a path together supporting each other.  We who have waited so long to be seen, to be accepted, to finally be treated as equal – as all human beings should be

Above all, from birth we had a right to be treated as nothing less than Human. Truth and Justice should always be together.  Our State, the Roman Catholic Church and all of those who participated in allowing our suffering to continue must hear our Truth .

Today, they need to know that we never went away nor will we fade into a non-existence. Social Justice must never be ignored or, treated with disrespect.

I, and so many like me, should have a mirror that reflects our true identity. In the case of my mother’s heartache, of what she endured, in her own Country, by her own people, I stand strong, now, in knowing where I came from, my gene pool, my heritage.  My mother was Mary Timmons, a beautiful young woman, who dearly loved her children, all she ever wanted was to care for us and love us. My Mother was denied the relationship nature had given her. My sister Linda Timmons did not survive.  So many years I searched unsuccessfully to find where my sister’s grave is. Did my sister not count? Did she not have the right to survive? My mother fought so much to overcome the injustices that we each endured in different ways. Be proud of yourselves.  For your inner strength, for your ability to live your life.

Life is the precious gift given to us, yet so many of us were denied the right as children, as young expectant Mums, to be loved and cared for.  Many people let us down turned their backs on us, ignored us, denied us the right to express our truths. Please never be afraid of being your true self, do not allow what others did to you, to change you.  Find the real inner you, love the inner child in you, and look at yourself, and smile , because you made it.  Unlike so many many that never stood a chance.  And take a good look in the mirror and remind yourself – No longer do I need to say Mirror Mirror, on the wall Who Am I? Who do I look like? Despite, everything, I look at my own reflection and whisper to myself. I know, I have more than survived, I am alive, I have the choice to live my life, I have the right to be me.

Cllr Timmons says ‘’The Clonburris SDZ has been approved and while i welcome the housing it will deliver i am very concerned about Transport , Traffic and community services , It appears we are just expected to trust the planners. We in Clondalkin have been let down by bad planning and traffic congestion.  I am glad that i voted for the SDZ and i am also glad that i appealed it to An Bord Pleanála. I voted for the SDZ not because i believe it to be the best plan but because we are in a dreadful housing crisis. We are now in the hands and at the mercy of the NTA ,  Government agencies , South Dublin County Council and Government Departments to deliver whats needed to deliver a sustainable community. Given the deficits in much of what already exists i am very sceptical and fear what may come down the track , People will need to elect very strong councillors on May 24th to  ensure we dont end up with repeats of past bad planning’’

I welcome news that the Clondalkin Garda Superintendent has committed to allocating 8 more Gardai to Rathcoole, 5 positions to be filled in the next 6-8 wks & recruit 3 more from expressions of interest from Gardai is very welcome And will be a relief for our community – i have been campaigning for this for a long time now! My online campaign has 1625 signatures @ http://chng.it/YL77fKkCyt

Rathcoole Station Needs More Manpower

Increase in crime leads to call for more gardai in Newcastle and Rathcoole

 

As a a person with over 30 years experience working in the disability, Homesless and probation services, I believe I have the Knowledge and expertise of community issues that makes me a valuable asset as an elected counsellor. I grew up in Clondalkin. I went to school in Clonburris National school and then Moyle Park College. I am a founder member of Clonburris Youth Club. I was 10 years involved in various roles including secretary. I worked in Peamount Hospital in Newcastle for a number of years. I was PRO for Peamount parents and friends for a number of years, as well as having a heavy involvement in Clondalkin community council and Clondalkin Drama Group.

The reason I am running again as an independent is I feel local councillors should represent the needs of the people not the ideals of a party. I won’t be following any political party’s agenda and I won’t make empty promises. I feel that being an Independent counsellor allows me the freedom and the opportunity to try and improve the quality of life for the people of Clondalkin, Rathcoole , Baldonnel , Saggart and Newcastle.

I want a local council that will focus on a number of key issues:

1) Housing

2) Disabilities

3) Inclusion

4) Enterprise

5) Community.

6) Infrastructure

7) Webcasting

8)Climate Change

I am actively involved in Clondalkin Helping Homeless and oversee the delivery of FoodCloud to those in need and i continue to work on the ground to improve conditions for the most vulnerable in our community.

I am very proud to have brought back the Clondalkin Patricks day Parade and the Horticultural show to our community

I fully support social housing projects and believe proper planning by the local council can meet this badly needed requirement to the benefit and betterment of local community areas.

I helped campaign to make Clondalkin a fairtrade town as I feel this will benefit the area and help boost commerce and increase employment

I Advocate issues such as Suicide awareness, Equality and disability support. I believe in a community where everyone feels included and Valued.

If I get Re-elected I pledge to represent the people of Clondalkin, Rathcoole , Baldonnel , Saggart and Newcastle, raising the issues that are important to them. I will be a voice on the council for the people not a party.

‘’Here all the Time not just at Election time’’

My Name is Cllr Francis Timmons – Peace Commisioner contact 087 286 9315 website francistimmons.com email info@francistimmons.com . #votetimmons

I want to thank all those that have helped my campaign so far – the 15 people that signed my nomination papers , those that hung posters , those that took photos , those that took a poster for there home window , took a car A4 and those that delivered leaflets I have been blown away with the support and i very much appreciate it , With 10 days left if anyone can help in any way i would be very grateful. #teamtimmons #votetimmons1

 

I have lodged my objection to the proposal as it is for a proposed nursing home facility at the church and convent  in Clondalkin village. The proposal in no way keeps with the Heritage and conservation of Clondalkin – We have lost enough through bad planning – This must not go ahead as proposed! I will be watching this proposal very closely.

Re Planning Application SD18A/0328

My Objection in relation to Planning Application SD18A/0328

  1. The scale of the front section of the proposed Nursing home will alter forever the look of the Church and Convent that has been a part of Clondalkin for generations , I am concerned that it will block out the  view of the convent.
  2. The Limestone wall at front of proposed development and the removal of same will alter the appearance of Clondalkin Village
  3. Brick and other materials are not with in keeping with current Church and Convent.
  4. Traffic is of huge concern the front is one of the main entrances into Clondalkin Village and is a very busy road with schools and local houses as well as entrance to village. This will add to current Transportation issues and Traffic Congestion.
  5. The current wildlife of Swifts and Bats would be effected by this proposed build. Also some Trees would have to be removed.
  6. Clondalkin is an area of Architectural Conversation and this site hosts two of our local history trails.
  7. I would suggest that the Current development is not allowed in this form and is redone to take all above concerns on board.

Cllr Timmons says ‘’I attended a packed meeting in City west to discuss safety in the Rathcoole area that covers Newcastle and Saggart and it was apparent to me that there is a greater need to see visible Garda presence on the ground I am asking all concerned resident to please sign a petition I have started to increase Garda Manpower at Rathcoole Garda Station , The petition will be sent to the District Garda Superintendent and the Minister for Justice, The areas of Rathcoole  Newcastle and Saggart have seen huge increases in population over the last few years and people need and want to feel safe in their homes and communities , I also want to acknowledge the work the Guards do in our communities but I strongly feel they are under resourced in Manpower to fight the growing crime and in particular drug related crimes in our communities’’

Cllr Timmons says “Rathcoole and Newcastle are two of the biggest growing areas in the whole of South Dublin. There’s new houses, new businesses and developments but with that comes additional crime and additional anti-social behaviour. What they (the residents) want is Garda on the beat. They want a situation that when you ring a guard, a guard will arrive.”

Cllr Timmons says ‘’At the meeting residents were urged to ring 999 to report crimes and to report all crime so the correct stats would be available when looking for additional resources’’

The petition is at  @ http://chng.it/YL77fKkCyt

Cllr Timmons says ‘’I have made my submission to the application SD19A/0102 that looks to Upgrade and change of use from National School to Pre-School (daytime) and Children’s Therapy (evening sessions) and Youth Services (weekends); front signage; internal alterations and all associated ancillary site works. The proposed development consists of work to a Protected Structure located within an Architectural Conservation Area.’’

Cllr Timmons says ‘’The Scouts where using this building to facilitate a much need youth service for the community , Unfortunately despite my efforts as an elected local Councillor I got no response back from the church , the Laurence O Toole trust and it is most regrettable the manner the whole situation has been dealt with and divided a community. I set up a change.org Petition called ‘’Save the Den for 3K1C-Newcastle Scout Group in Newcastle’’ and over 2,864 people signed this @ https://www.change.org/p/newcastle-church-and-save-the-den-for-3k1c-newcastle-scout-group-in-newcastle-0f8f3289-2c89-4ed7-882c-d82cc0dae57c . I again ask that the Church and SDCC sit down and come up with a solution that caters for the scouts needs in tandem with other interested groups. ‘’

Cllr Timmons says ‘’Newcastle is one of the fastest growing areas in SDCC and it is my belief that the old school building should be used for community and that the scouts should be facilitated in it. If a compromise could be reached where scouts could use it at night time and weekends , this could be worth considering.’’

Closing date for submission is 29th April @ http://www.sdublincoco.ie/Planning/Details?p=1&regref=SD19A%2F0102

 

The housing planned for the Eircom site is on hold until after the local elections in May , final drawing plans are being drawn up and will go out to Part 8 after government approval and funding is given to ensure the houses can be built. Please email me @ info@francistimmons.com

Update:

Eircom Site – SDCC estimate that this development will be over €20m to construct given the proposed number of 92 homes.  As it is expected to be over the €20m a cost effectiveness report is required by the Department of Housing before funding approval will be issued for the project.  This is being carried out and a draft report should be available next week.  If SDCC are satisfied with the report, it will be issued to the Department of Housing for funding approval and the Part 8 process can then commence.

Riversdale – The Architects are working up the details on this scheme and hope to go to tender by the end of June with a view to being on site toward the end of this year.  

 

Cllr Timmons said at his local election campaign Launch that he was very honoured to be elected on his first attempt in 2014 as an independent councillor and that it has been a huge honour to serve the people of the Clondalkin LEA and has been a very busy 5 years , The launch took place in Bru Cronan.

Timmons says ‘’Unfortunately clondalkin has been divided by the electoral commission and the new Clondalkin Lea does not include North Clondalkin,  Balgaddy and Milford-Palmerstown Woods , these areas are very close to my heart and if re-elected I will represent them when possible. I would ask that those living in those areas vote for Guss O Connell I have been very lucky to Have worked closely with Cllrs O Connell , Gogarthy and O Toole as part of a community alliance made up of four dedicated independents ‘’

He went on to say ‘’The Clondalkin area has in the past suffered from Bad planning, corruption and nod and a wink style politics We have had enough of that we need Honesty, Integrity and community going forward we need to elect people that will work hard for our community. All politics is local. ‘’

On May 24th I am asking you to vote Number one for Timmons If I am re-elected I commit to the following

Housing – we have 37 families tonight in the Maldron hotel , rebuilding Ireland has failed and is failing the most vulnerable I commit to continues to vote for Part 8s that deliver sustainable communities I will continue to campaign for housing I have an unbroken record in voting for every housing scheme that has come before sdcc

Anti-social behaviour – I will continue to work with the Guards and SDCC to find solution’s to deal with Anti-social behaviour Over the last five years two of my motions led to the setting up of a Dublin wide Horse working forum to deal with horse issues and a scrambler and quad Working forum both of these I sit on and they have made progress particularly in the area of education

Mental Health – we face many challenges as a society in relation to mental health but I am very committed to this area , from remembrance nights to Safetalk to trees of hope I have worked hard in this area and will continue to campaign for positive mental health for all.

Disability – I have been a dedicated campaigner for disability rights for the last 30 years , we have come a long way be ratifying the UN convention on the rights of people with a disability but we have a lot of work to do in ensuring that they have access to education and work. Every person is entitled to a decent quality of life and the supports to be in place so they can achieve there best

Community – my record on community speaks for itself 5 Patrick’s day parades and 5 horticultural shows I am asking for you to vote for me to ensure there is a strong community based voice on the next council.

Climate change – many of my motions have focussed on environmental issues and I commit to continuing this work my motion on Keep Cups led to SDCC being the first council to role this out as policy The next 10 years will be vital in reducing the effects of Climate Change.

Webcasting despite several attempts my motions on webcasting of council meeting at SDCC has been voted down we are now the only council not to live stream our council meeting in the interest of accountability and transparency I will continues to demand webcasting of meetings.

Infrastructure – I voted for the Clonburris SDZ not because I believed it was the best plan but because it can deliver 8,400 homes, I and my independent colleagues appealed it to An Bord Penala and we await their decision, it will be vital that there is a strong voice on the next council to ensure that infrastructure is delivered in tandem with the housing.

I have campaigned through motions for many issues including the introduction of Cocos law to stop on line bullying and for the government to make Spinraza available for People living with SMA.

I am also involved and have motions down on a Truth and Justice Campaign for Survivors of the Magdalene Laundries, The mother and baby institutions, the county institutions and the Industrial schools, I also seek truth for those used in the Vaccine trials For Irish society to move forward we need to have truth and justice for all those that suffered at the hands of the state and church.

To get elected I will need your vote I am asking for you to share my leaflet and spread the word for me I thank you for coming tonight and I hope to serve the Clondalkin LEA for five more years

On the 26th April I am having a fundraiser Quiz in Gunpowder to raise funds for the campaign I am very grateful to those who donated through my go fund me page and those that gave me donations Campaigns are costly and I rely on any support I can get Any one that can take some leaflets or help in any way please let me know.

On May 24th I am asking you to vote Number one for Timmons If I am re-elected I commit to Honesty, Integrity and community,