|Date||Tuesday May 2nd 2023|
|Venue||County Library, Tallaght|
|Admission||Free - Booking essential|
The long summer evenings are on their way. What are you planning to read in the sun?
Join Mayor of South Dublin County Cllr Emma Murphy, County Librarian Paul Fusco and South Dublin author Zoe Miller as they talk to librarian Mags Lynch about their favourite authors and top picks for Summer Reading.
Mayor Cllr Emma Murphy
Cllr Emma Murphy was elected to South Dublin County Council in 2016 and re-elected in 2019. Emma is a member of the Fianna Fáil party and was extremely active during the referendums for Marriage Equality and Repealing the Eighth Amendment (Abortion Rights in Ireland) over the past number of years.
Emma’s background is in the NGO sector and previous roles include working as a Communications and Fundraising professional with NGO’s in the areas of Intellectual Disability, Education, International Development and LGBTQ+ Sport. In July 2020 Emma took up the position of Communications Director for Barry Andrews MEP of the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament.
Emma is a past Chairperson of the Joint Policing Committee for South County Dublin and uses her passion and knowledge of cycling as the Chairperson of the Dodder Greenway Steering Committee. She is a member of the Environment Special Policy Committee on South Dublin County Council.
She has a personal interest in gender equality and education. Emma took part in the ALDE European Womens’ Academy in 2018, which promotes females in political life across Europe. She has a passion for driving female representation in politics and acts as an advocate for increased female representation across all facets of the political spectrum. In March 2021 Emma tabled a motion to establish the South Dublin Women’s Caucus for current and past female members of South Dublin County Council to come together to strengthen female representation in the Local Authority.
Emma’s other passion is sport and she has recently graduated from the Ladies Gaelic Football Association’s Learn to Lead programme which empowers females in sport. Emma has used this platform to advocate for community, sport and LGBTQ+ issues via this forum.
Emma lives in Ballycullen in South Dublin with her wife Caroline and their miniature Jack Russell named Junior.
Paul Fusco is the County Librarian for South Dublin County Council, where he's responsible for expanding the library services and cultural offerings, such as the Arts Office and the Creative Industries. Previously, he worked for Dublin City Council's library service, where he oversaw the redevelopment and refurbishment of several libraries and managed the roll-out of new technological services, such as RFID self-service. Paul is passionate about improving the quality and accessibility of library services, and he aims to make the libraries in South Dublin national leaders in innovation and engagement, while increasing active membership. He believes that libraries are essential community services that can improve people's lives, and he's committed to ensuring that they remain vibrant and relevant.
Zoe Miller is a novelist living at the foothills of the Dublin mountains and writes stories edged with suspense and intrigue. She has been an avid reader and library member since childhood, and always dreamed of writing a book, but it took her a while to get there. She now has twelve successful novels published with Hachette Books Ireland, including The House in the Woods, The Perfect Sister, and The Visitor. Zoe is currently working on her next two novels.
Mags Lynch has over 20 years’ experience working in Libraries. She enjoys books from many different genres (although recently has become quite the connoisseur in picture books). Her real passion is talking to people about books that they enjoy (making her own “To be Read” pile even bigger) and sharing the love of reading.