About Me

Marie Baker Portrait Photo

 

I was first elected to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for the Blackrock Ward in 2004. Since joining the Council I have served as Cathaoirleach or Mayor of the County on two occasions, firstly from June 2009 to June 2010 and then again from June 2014 to June 2015.

The mayoral role involved chairing County Council, County Development Plan, Corporate Policy Group and other committee’s/meetings. Planning and adopting the annual budget.

In addition I performed ceremonial duties such as the opening festivals, art exhibitions, book launches and craft fairs.  I have opened new roads, community centers, playgrounds and the Lexicon Library.  I’ve hosted coffee mornings and charity concerts.

Involvement at Council level

  • Chair of DLR Leisure Services Board since 2014
  • Member of the Planning Strategic Policy Committee (SPC)
  • Member of the Environment & Climate Change SPC
  • Former leader of the Fine Gael Group on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
  • Former board member of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterprise Board
  • Former board member of DLR Properties 2010-2014
  • Former member of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Joint Policing Committee

Involvement in Fine Gael

  • General Election campaign manager for Maria Bailey, July 2015 to February 2016
  • Parliamentary Assistant to Maria Bailey TD from February 2016 to November 2017
  • Member of the Fine Gael Council of Local Representatives from 2004 to May 2014, I served as an ordinary member, secretary to the Group and Chair of the Group from 2013 to 2014
  • Former member of the Fine Gael Women’s Group Executive

Local community involvement

  • Founder/Chairperson of the Blackrock Tidy Towns Committee since 2007
  • Chairperson of the 29th Dublin Blackrock Scout Group
  • Trustee of 29th Dublin Blackrock Scout Group since 2004
  • Founding member of Blackrock Business Network  and Hon. Secretary from 2010 to 2014
  • Member of the Board of Management (2003-2007) and Chairperson of Parents Association (2000-2003) Carysfort National School

Personal details

  • Educated at Eccles Street and the College of Marketing and Design
  • Member of the Blackrock Society
  • Member of the Irish Guide Dogs Association
  • Member of the Foxrock and District Garden Club
  • Interests include local history, quizzes, golf, badminton and aquafit