David has a background in law and environmental science, working with environmental and community organisations.
He has been a member of the Green Party/Comhaontas Glas for over 20 years and has worked as a policy advisor to Minister for the Environment John Gormley.
As a councillor he has earned a reputation for working closely with community organisations and as an opponent of speculative rezoning, in particular the 1993 rezonings recently investigated in the Mahon Tribunal.
David and the Green group on Fingal County Council had particular successes in achieving strong energy efficiency and renewable energy standards for new housing developments and in introducing children’s playgrounds and improvements in libraries and parks.
On the Council, David was Chair of the Environment Strategic Policy Committee and was particularly active on the Howth Special Amenity Area Order Management Committee.
David has a background in law and environmental science and used to work with environmental NGOs and in research. His work with Friends of the Irish Environment and with local community and environmental organisations involved work on policy and proposed legislation, complaints to the EU, planning and EPA appeals and submissions and expert evidence for litigation.
David is involved in FEASTA, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability and has a particular interest in climate change issues. He was one of the committee responsible for the book “Telling It Like It Is; Ten years of unsustainable development in Ireland” which was a non-governmental organisation report to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002.
David speaks Irish and Esperanto.