About Dermot

Dermot Looney is a 31 year-old Independent Councillor on South Dublin County Council. He is asking for your support in this year's local elections which take place on May 23rd.

Dermot is standing in a new electoral area called "Templeogue-Terenure." It takes in parts of Dublin 12, 6w, 14, 16 and 24, including communities such as Greenhills, Perrystown, Manor Estate, Fortfield, Templeogue, Firhouse, Knocklyon, Ballyroan and Ballycragh.

Dermot is a hard-working Councillor with a record of principled representation and delivery for our community. He was first elected to the Council five years ago and was elected as the youngest ever Mayor of South Dublin for 2013-14.


Having lived in Greenhills all his life, Dermot works as a primary school teacher in St Dominic's NS, Tallaght. 
Since his election, Dermot has hit the headlines for his principled stances on the Council and beyond. He has been heavily involved in campaigns for community-led planning and environmental protection, and has taken a strong line opposing illegal dumping and littering. He has been a prominent voice in defending housing grants for the elderly and disabled, and has stood up for local public services including parks, transport, health, transport and housing.
Dermot has, among other issues, raised the need for radical action on derelict sites and ghost estates, called on the Council not to deal with companies engaged in human rights abuses in Palestine, demanded the protection of services at Tallaght Hospital, and opposed the privatisation of Coillte. His motion to bring a Gay Pride Festival to Tallaght in February 2010 resulted in a series of Council events promoting LGBT equality.
As a teacher and Councillor, Dermot Looney has stood with local schools to protect staffing levels and resources, particularly for special needs children. His commitment to education extends to his election from the Council to Dublin-Dún Laoghaire Local Education and Training Board (formerly County Dublin VEC), where he has been prominent on issues of funding, student grants and patronage. He takes pride in serving on the Boards of five local post-primary schools, chairing the BOM's in Greenhills College and Coláiste de hÍde. Dermot is also a member of the Dublin 12 Local Drugs Task Force.
Dermot led a campaign on the Council to publish all Councillor expenses and remuneration and publishes all of his own expenses online each year. As Mayor, he cut his pay by €7000 and established the Mayor's Fund, which awarded grants to 50 community groups across the County. He has prioritised older persons, youth and sport and the environment in his work as Mayor of the County. Dermot left the Labour Party following 10 years active involvement as detailed on this blog at http://thelooneyleft.blogspot.ie/2014/01/statement-from-cllr-dermot-looney.html.

In Cllr Dermot Looney, local people have a vibrant, energetic and committed young representative with the principled politics we need on the Council.
Political Background:
  • Elected to South Dublin County Council in June 2009 local elections
  • Elected Mayor of South Dublin, June 2013
  • SDCC Tallaght Area Chairperson 2012-13
  • Experienced activist in anti-war, anti-racism, natural resources and students' rights campaigns
  • Prior to election, a campaigner on local issues including planning, development of the McHugh's site in Greenhills and re-instatement of sacked union member Joanne Delaney to Ashleaf Ctr Dunnes Stores
  • Public Representative
  • Primary School Teacher, St Dominic's NS, Tallaght (on career break)
  • Member, SDCC Housing and Social Development Strategic Policy Committee (SPC)
  • Member, SDCC Sport, Recreation, Parks & Community Development SPC
  • Member, SDCC Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee
  • Member, SDCC Joint Policing Committee
  • Member, Dublin 12 Local Drugs Task Force
  • Member, Dublin Directly-Elected Mayor Steering Group & Colloquium
  • Elected South Dublin Member, Dublin-Dún Laoghaire Local ETB (formerly Co Dublin VEC)
  • Member, ETB Youth and Sport Subcommittee
  • Chairperson, Greenhills College Board of Management
  • Cathaoirleach Bhoird Bhainistíochta, Coláiste de hÍde VEC (Tymon North)
  • Member, St MacDara's CC (Templeogue) Board of Management
  • Member, Tallaght Community School (Balrothery) Board of Management
  • Member, St Mark's Community School (Springfield) Board of Management
  • Member, Amnesty International
  • Member, Irish National Teachers' Organisation (Tallaght Branch)
  • Patron Member, St Patrick's Athletic Football Club
  • Former player with Greenhills Boys AFC and Cherryfield United FC
  • Primary - St Peter's BNS, Greenhills
  • Post-Primary - Greenhills College VEC
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Social Policy & Politics with Sociology) - University College Dublin
  • Higher Diploma in Arts (Primary Education) - Hibernia College