Councillor David Gilroy promotes Athboy as an inclusive and progressive town. He recently led an Age-Friendly Walkability Audit in the town to address accessibility. Uniquely, this audit considered cognitive and sensory impairment, as well as physical access issues. Cllr Gilroy works closely with the business community and Athboy has been nominated as ‘Meath’s Friendliest Town’ in the Retail Excellence Awards. Athboy has a community centre that features a ‘Changing Places’ toilet facility which has a height-adjustable bench and hoists to enable people with more profound disabilities to use it.
Councillor Gilroy is Chairman of Boyne Valley Tourism, instrumental in the ‘Spirits of Meath’ festival which is being supported to develop as an international festival centred on the original site of Samhain/Halloween. Athboy is close to one of Meath’s two Gaeltacht areas, where the Irish language is spoken daily, and hosted the ‘Leinster Fleadh’ 2019 – a prestigious traditional Irish music competition. There are also many other inclusive and progressive developments, including biodiversity zones and a sensory garden, which are developed in consultation with the community.
David Gilroy, Councillor in Meath County Council, Ireland
(Innovation in Politics Awards Finalist 2019)