Passionate about changing Ireland
I’m a 39-year-old software engineer married to Aoife. In 2012, our son was born. We want him to grow up in an open and socially wealthy Ireland where everyone feels they have a part. To us, that’s a true “republic”.
Below are some of the ways I’ve been working for a better Ireland over the past few years.
In 2010, I founded the national campaign group, Second Republic, to campaign for political reform in Ireland. The group campaigned successfully for the establishment of the Constitutional Convention and continue to campaign for reform.
My work with Second Republic has led to countless TV, radio and press interviews, public consultations, workshops and meetings, including in the Oireacthas, on political reform. In 2013, I was short-listed for Volunteer of the Year for my work with Second Republic.
Since 2014, I have dedicated myself to re-building the Green Party in Cork. We are now recognised as one of the most active political parties, working with communities and championing local, national and global causes in the city and county. Since 2016, I have been the Green Party spokesperson on political reform.
I’m a co-founder of Wikimedia Ireland, the Irish affiliate of the Wikimedia Foundation, the charity behind Wikipedia. I’ve been a contributor to Wikipedia since 2004 and was made an administrator of the English-language Wikipedia in 2011.
In 2014, I was a partner during the start-up phase of SmartVote, a voter education app shortlisted for the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Elevator Award. I stepped down from activities with SmartVote when I declared myself a candidate in this election.
Since 2014, I’ve been employed by Laya Healthcare as their Senior User Experience Engineer. Before then I worked for five years with a Cork-based e-learning company developing education software to help children and older people in deprived communities in Ireland and the United States. And for two years on community IT and education projects in Dublin’s inner-city.
I co-founded the CorkDev series of monthly talks on the technology and IT industry in Cork.
Oliver participating at one of the public workshops on a new republic
Oliver explaining a Wikimedia Ireland initiative at NUI Galway