Gillian Wharton Slattery (b. 1965)
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Gillian Wharton Slattery (b. 1965)


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Track 1: Gillian Wharton Slattery was elected to Tralee Town Council in 2009 and in 2011 she was co-opted to Kerry County Council. She discusses her family background, her work as a community activist and the fact that she canvassed for the Labour Party for many years. She also discusses her career in Tralee. Track 2: Her reasons for joining the Labour Party and her feelings on being a female councillor are set out. The varying roles she plays and her experiences on the Town Council and on Kerry County Council are also described. Track 3: A discussion follows on the benefits and challenges of serving on both Councils. She says this is a full-time occupation as she is also involved with other organisations, in particular working with asylum seekers in Tralee. Track 4: Her disappointment at the disbandment of the Town Council and the loss of some of the personnel with whom she worked, the importance of maintaining the title of Mayor for the town, the changes which she would like to see operating in the new Municipal Council and the fact that she was selected to run for the Labour Party are subjects discussed. Track 5: The overlap in responsibilities which exists between the Town Council and Kerry County Council is mentioned, as is her involvement in Tidy Towns. Anti-social behaviour and the Joint Policing Committee of which she is a member are also discussed.

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Audio series:

Reflections on the Urban District of Tralee Collection


128 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

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6.58 MB, 4.69 MB, 10.66 MB, 5.39 MB, 12.90 MB

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A community activist and councillor

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore