I became active in politics through my community, campaigning on issues related to health, community facilities, planning and the environment. I have been a member of the Labour Party for over 25 years working on local, general and presidential elections and referendum campaigns.
I first ran for election in 1999, becoming a Councillor for the South East Inner City ward of Dublin City Council which includes Ringsend, Irishtown, Pearse St, Portobello, Kevin St, Beggars Bush and parts of Sandymount. The Grand Canal forms the boundary of much of that local election ward.
In 2002 I became Leader of the Labour group on Dublin City Council. I was re-elected in 2004 and 2009, topping the poll both times. During that time I worked on delivering balanced budgets, two development plans for Dublin City, and the Dublin Bikes scheme –working towards creating a better city for all of us. I served as deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin City in 2009.
In 2011 I ran for election with Ruairi Quinn, making history in Dublin South East when the people elected two Labour TDs for the first time.
In Dáil Éireann I am Convenor of the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and also sit on the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht.
First raised in Ballsbridge, my family later moved to South Lotts near Ringsend, where my family have lived and worked for generations in Boland Mills.
I spent several years in the 1970′s working for Ericssons installing telephone exchange systems around Ireland. During this time I also spent a year working in Nigeria.
On returning to Ireland I married my wife Catherine, and after going through difficult times in the 1980′s of unemployment and negative equity I secured a position working in the pharmaceutical industry working with LEO Pharma in Crumlin.
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Copyright Kevin Humphreys 2013