I'm a former president of Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce,Chairman of Kilkenny's winning Tidy Towns committee and a member of the IFA & GAA. I used my term as Mayor to promote the Year of the Mind and oversaw the purchase, of the old Smithwicks Brewery, to be used for Educational & Business purposes.
I was elected to Kilkenny Borough Council in 2009 and was Mayor of Kilkenny in 2011. In 2014, I was re-elected to Kilkenny Co. Council with the highest Fine Gael first preference vote. In May 2015, I was the Fine Gael candidate for the Carlow-Kilkenny By-Election, receiving over 13,500 votes.