The strong mandate given to Brendan and the Labour Party in Dublin North in the 2011 General Election reflects the energy and hard work Brendan put in both nationally and locally through his work in the Seanad from 2007 to 2011. In the Seanad he was party spokesperson on Education and Science, Transport and Defence and was a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Enterprise Trade and Employment and of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Science.
Brendan is the hardest working TD in Dublin Fingal. rooted in the constituency, Brendan works hard to voice the concerns and issues of ordinary people in North County Dublin. As a TD Brendan has advocated for improved mental health services, further improvement of school buildings for the growing population of Fingal and continues to work to have the unemployment figures reduced. In the past year, Since being elected, Brendan has worked on behalf of those effected by the housing crisis, from people afflicted with Pyrite to those on the Local Authority waiting lists.
Brendan's priorities are:
- Housing; particularly the need to provide sustainable housing options for low income earners
- Education; the need for further school building programs including the continued replacement of prefab classrooms
- obs; Further investment in North County Dublin to further reduce the unemployment numbers
- Assisting vulnerable people who are struggling to get their lives back on track after the economic crash of 2008