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The Board of Partas

Partas has a voluntary board drawn from its membership. The current members are as follows:
 
Aidan Thomas - Chairperson
Aidan Thomas is the Chairman of Partas and a resident of Tallaght for thirty-seven years. Although a member of the management board of Partas (GTW) since the mid eighties he would be more identified with the Tallaght Welfare Society where he has been a member of the management board since its foundation and has served as its chairperson. He is also a board member of the Community Information Service (CIC), and was a member of the St Vincent de Paul for seventeen years. His experience includes working in Dublin's 'Strumpet City' inner city tenements. The issue of social justice is very much to the forefront of his involvement, and in this connection he has organised seminars, and has written papers on the subject, and the consequences of marginalisation.
 
Aidan is a keen follower of the Dubs who he believes have a divine right to win 'Sam' at least every second year (unfortunately there are others who do not concur with this view).
 
Barbara Quinn - Vice Chairperson
Barbara Quinn has been associated with Partas for over 15 years and has been on the Board since the late nineteen nineties. Barbara opened Tallaght’s first Recruitment Consultancy in 1990 and became an active member of the then Tallaght Chamber of Commerce which has grown and developed to the South Dublin Chamber.
 
Her work with Partas has informed her interest in developing people’s skills and careers and her major interest in developing Entrepreneurs. She is also a Board Member of the Tallaght Trust Fund a fund designed to help entrepreneurs to access business finance.
 
David Kennedy
One of the founders and the owner of The Echo, David Kennedy launched the newspaper out of the front room of his house back in 1980, and originally called it The Tallaght Echo. The paper has grown to cover the adjacent suburbs of Clondalkin, Ballyfermot and Lucan. "The people of Tallaght see themselves as Tallaght people first and Dubs second" says David. “They socialise and shop predominantly in the area. We built the paper from scratch to a circulation of over 12,000 with a loyal reader base and loyal advertising base because we were part of the community and helped give it a voice”.
 
After 25 years building the newspaper he sold it to the Leinster Leader who subsequently sold it to a Scottish company Johnson Press (JP). David negotiated with JP to buy back the family business and finally secured the deal to take back control in January 2010, the beginning of a new decade and the year that sees the 30th anniversary of The Echo.
 
Enda O'Toole
Enda has worked in the insurance business for over 30 years and lived in Waterford up to 1998 when he decided to move back to Tallaght to set up a new insurance & mortgage brokerage with his brother Greg. G & E Mortgage & Financial Advisors was set up in August 1998 and, as they were originally from Tallaght, they had no hesitation in setting up their business in the community where they had their roots. Their office is located on the busy Old Bawn Road and recently, in their 15th year in business, they have welcomed REMAX Auctioneers to their office to compliment the services that they offer the local community.
 
Enda is very much involved in the Thomas Davis GAA club and believes that they, like other sporting bodies throughout Tallaght, contribute immensely to a healthy and vibrant community and given the difficulties that Tallaght continually faces it is imperative that young people are encouraged to participate in any sporting, cultural or community based activity that will improve them as individuals and add benefit to their locality.
 
Patrick Palmer

After National service in the RAF Pat joined Joseph Lucas, the car component manufacturer, in Birmingham. He attended Birmingham University on a sandwich course (6 months at work and 6 months at college) to study accountancy for three years.

 

On completion of his studies he joined GKN, an engineering conglomerate, who were pioneering a gas central heating system for small dwellings, as an assistant accountant.

 

Although London was his home town he found it as bit oppressive so moved to Kent and joined a small but very innovative engineering company.  He installed an integrated accounting system which resolved the director’s age old argument as to which of their products was most profitable.  The system is still in use.

 

Pat’s wife is Irish and she was keen to return home so they relocated to Belfast where Pat worked as management accountant for Bass the brewers for five years. Things got a bit hot there during the ‘troubles’ so they moved to Dublin where Pat worked for the Smurfit group as financial controller at various locations for several years before being made redundant as the result of a factory closure.

 

He ended up as an enterprise development officer in Tallaght, Clondalkin and Ballyfermot helping the unemployed start their own business and from this base he developed his own accountancy and tax practice.

 

The rest is history!


John Lahart

John is a native of Ballyroan in Rathfarnham and lives in Knocklyon.  He is self-employed and runs his own business along with a Psychotherapy Practice at Riversdale House, Rathfarnham.  He is a member of the IACP (Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)

He was educated at Scoil an Spiorad Naomh, Ballyroan and Coláiste Eanna CBS, Ballyroan.  He studied at Mater Dei Institute of Education from where he graduated as a Post-Primary Teacher in 1988 and received his Masters Degree from Mater Dei in 1996. John also received a first-class honours BSc (Counselling & Psychotherapy) in 2007.

John's teaching career began in 1988. From 1992-1994 he worked for Tom Kitt TD, Minister of State at the Dept. of An Taoiseach, before resuming his teaching career in 1995. John was elected to the Council on his first attempt in 1999 and has been elected at every subsequent local election. In 2000 John was appointed Political Adviser to Minister Tom Kitt at the Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and subsequently at the Department of Foreign Affairs (Overseas Development Aid).  From 2004-2007 he served as Special Adviser to Tom Kitt TD, Government Chief Whip.

In 2007, John left government and began building his own private practice as a Psychotherapist & Counsellor in Rathfarnham. He was re-elected in 2009.

John joined Fianna Fáil at the invitation of the late Seamus Brennan (then a TD for Dublin South) in 1983 and has served at every level of the party organisation locally. In 2012, following the changes to constituency boundaries, John joined the Dublin South West Fianna Fáil Constituency organisation.