Cllr. Deirdre Donnelly

Cllr. Deirdre Donnelly


Your Independent Councillor in the Stillorgan LEA

Cabinteely - Carrickmines - Clonskeagh - Cornelscourt - Foxrock - Goatstown - Kilmacud - Leopardstown - Mount Merrion - Roebuck - Stillorgan




I am originally from the Stillorgan area and lived for 14 years in Ballinteer before moving back to be close to my family in 2011. I am married with one teen age son.

I attended Coláiste Íosagáin on Stillorgan Road. I have a B.A. in Irish and French from UCD and a Post Grad in business from DIT. I also have an M.A. in European Studies from the School of Politics and International Relations in UCD.

Over the past number years I worked as a freelance reporter, radio contributor and radio producer with specific focus on current affairs, business and disability issues. I have participated in a wide variety of programmes across a number of radio stations, including RTÉ Radio One, RnaG and Newstalk 106.

I ran for election for the first time in 2014 and won a seat representing the Stillorgan LEA on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. I am a fulltime County Councillor and the only Independent local representative in this area.


Over the years I have interviewed many politicians and members of the public. I am acutely aware of the frustration among the public at politicians who have failed to deliver on their promises.

Wanting to make a political contribution, I got directly involved in political life in 2011, when I volunteered to work on Shane Ross's successful General Election campaign. With Shane's encouragement, I ran in the Local Elections in May 2014.


I have a keen interest in culture and the arts. I am a regular cinema-goer and have reviewed films in both print and broadcast media. I also like to keep fit and try to get to the gym whenever possible.

I am also a regular attendee at Croke Park supporting the Dubs with my family. In my media work, I have taken a particular interest in disability issues, news and current affairs.


I am on the following committees in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council:

  • Dundrum Local Area Committee
  • Transport and County Wide Movement Strategic Policy Committee
  • Community Development, Culture and Ageing Strategic Policy Committee
  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Joint Policing Committee
  • S2S (Sutton to Sandycove) joint committee with Dublin City Council
  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Memorials Committee