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Meet the Candidate: Monica Oikeh, Green Party

About Me:

 I was born in Nigeria and I moved to Ireland about 20 yrs ago.  I studied medicine in  Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2014 and I moved to Cork then.

I have worked in CUH/CUMH/ South Infirmary Hospital/Mercy Hospital and then trained as a General Practitioner in Cork and I am now living and working as a GP in Carrigaline. I have been living in Carrigaline for over 6yrs.

Besides being a Working Doctor, I am passionate about Health Promotion, Education and Social Justice. I have volunteered as a doctor and health and wellness educator to different organisations both in Ireland and Nigeria over the past few years. I was named as one of the 100 Women Changing Ireland from 2022- 2024. I am also a very devoted dog mum to my 3yr old Jack Russell, Maya.

 



My journey to politics: I am a member of the Green Party and was happy with the opportunity to represent the party in the Carrigaline LEA where I live and work.

 

On health services:

Due to the nature of my job I am aware about the need for increased health services in the area. I am passionate about improving access to health services in Carrigaline and the surrounding area for example: dieticians, physiotherapist, pyschologists and facilities for the elderly.

 

On social initiatives:

I would also like to improve the playground and to improve recreational facilities for teenagers and adults to improve social connections and health outcomes. I would love our community to have a proper dog park and also dog poop bins.

 

On public transport:

Given the number of new housing developments in the LEA I will work to improve the availability and reliability of public transport.

 

Why should people vote for me:

I am a young  black Irish woman who has made Ireland my home. I am putting myself forward even though I know there will be challenges.  I am a new candidate who is very passionate about the issues that I am putting forward. I am hardworking and willing to learn and help and I will represent our community to best of my ability.

 

In the run up to the elections on June 7th you can contact Monica on Facebook: monicaoikehgreenparty, Instagram @monicaoikehgreenparty, Tiktok:  @drblondieperes and Email: monica.oikeh@greenparty.ie

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