Clare Daly is a United Left Alliance TD for Dublin North. Formerly a Councillor for the Swords Local Electoral Area, Clare was first elected to Fingal County Council in 1999, and was subsequently re-elected in 2004 and 2009 decisively topping the poll each time before being elected to the Dáil in February 2011.
During the property bubble years Clare was the strongest voice against developer-led planning in Fingal, hosting countless meetings and campaigns for sustainable planning and housing linked to facilities and infrastructure including schools, community and transport links. The legacy of bad planning continues to blight our communities, where we have had to campaign alongside residents in order to get estates finished and building regulations enforced, and to campaign against rip-off estate management fees.
It was our initiative organising residents whose homes were structurally damaged with pyrite, which led to the setting up of the broad based Pyrite Action campaign, which has organised residents in all affected estates, across many counties and which succeeded in forcing the government to initiate an investigation into the problem.
As the only non government TD in Dublin North Clare and the ULA is the most consistent opponent in the area to the savage cuts of Fine Gael and Labour including cuts to special needs education.
Clare is to the forefront of the campaign against the Household Tax, as a member of the interim Dublin and National Steering Committees of the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes launched publicly in September 201. This tax which will be replaced by a Property and Water Tax, will be strenuously opposed by Clare and the ULA, as we did in the past when Clare was the north Fingal co-ordinator of the Federation of Dublin Anti Water Charges Campaigns, 1994-1996, which successfully forced the abolition of water charges at that time.
Clare also led the fight against the bin tax in north Fingal. She spent a month in prison with her colleague Joe Higgins TD in September/October 2003 for refusing to abandon the campaign and those people who elected her. The privatisation of the bin service now following the increased cost of the tags, the introduction of a supplementary flat annual charge,and the abolishment of the waiver unfortunately vindicated all of the points made at the time of that stance.campaigning to organise opposition to the building of a monster sewage treatment plant in Swords. As the only non government TD in Dublin North Clare and the ULA is the most consistent opponent in the area to the savage cuts of Fine Gael and Labour including cuts to special needs education.
Clare is a shop steward in Aer Lingus for over ten years and fought tirelessly against the job losses and attacks on working conditions throughout the airport. She campaigned against the privatisation of Aer Lingus and the closure of SR Technics. In the Dáil Clare remains a champion of workers rights and uses the platform and profile that goes with being a TD in advocating a fighting response from the Trade Union movement to the austerity disaster.