Aisling O’Neill is the Social Democrats candidate for Meath East. Since 1992 she has been working in nursing in private, public and community sectors here and in Australia. She also spent 5 years working in farming. She is a mother of 2 school-going children in Ashbourne and so is aware of the issues facing families in our communities. She has been involved with the campaign against water charges since the beginning. By becoming a Social Democrat under the leadership of Catherine Murphy TD, Róisín Shortall TD and Stephen Donnelly TD, she has joined a group of people with exceptional integrity and character who embody the kind of principled leadership that this country has lacked for decades. Her mission is to develop a political culture centred on openness and transparency, to strengthen our economy, to address the needs of all in our communities and to build a republic of equals where every person has an opportunity to reach their potential. She will work to build a fairer society where housing, healthcare, education and worthwhile employment are priorities not neglected after thoughts. It is her aim to deal with the issues of our time, in our time, and not foist the legacies of past mis-governance onto our children.