|Constituency||South East Inner City|
13 May 1968 |
|Political party||Sinn Féin|
As Sinn Féin candidate in the 1999 Local Elections for the Dublin South East Inner City Doolan polled 13.38%, coming fourth and missing out on a seat by 62 votes.
On the 23 of July 2013 Doolan was selected by a local Sinn Féin convention to run in the 2014 Local Elections as one of two republican candidates in the Ballyfermot/Drimnagh ward. His running mate Greg Kelly was selected the same night.
Doolan contested the 2002 general election, attaining 2,398 first preference votes (7.39%) in Dublin South–East, coming seventh thereby missing out on one of the top four positions. In the 2007 General Election he polled 1,599 first preference votes (4.72%) in the same area, again coming seventh.
Joseph Rafferty controversy
Doolan was involved in controversy after a Dubliner, Joseph Rafferty, was shot dead. Rafferty's sister Esther Uzell claimed that the IRA had killed her brother, and that Doolan knew the identity of his killer, claims which Doolan denied. Doolan's denial of involvement in the murder was later backed up by a report from Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Ahern stated "I don't think there were any instructions given by the IRA," adding: "Elements, probably of criminality, claimed they had links with republicans." Doolan has called for public co-operation with the Garda in the investigation of Rafferty's murder.
Work as a Councillor
As an environment spokesman Doolan supported the Shell to Sea campaign. He also called for the building of new apartments in the Dublin area to be suspended due to inadequate fire-safety provisions, criticised the Labour Party over their restrictions on immigrant workers and opposed the creation of an incinerator at Poolbeg.
He opposed an announced €30 million in cuts to Dublin public services, branding it as "irresponsible".
Post Councillor work
In October 2009 Doolan was hired as the coordinator for the 'Dublin Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign', an organisation that promotes a community development approach to tackling the drugs problem.
As coordinator Doolan criticised the Government of Ireland for scrapping the once full time position of 'Minister for National Drugs Strategy' and regulating that role to another Minister with other responsibilities. As well as calling for a full-time junior minister, Doolan and CityWide requested the government scrap proposed funding cuts for drug services, also asking for additional funding for the issue, as well as for community participation and consultation for handling the drugs problem.
In September 2011 Doolan left Citywide to take up a post as parliamentary assistant to Peadar Tóibín TD, Sinn Féin spokesperson on enterprise, jobs, innovation and the Gaeltacht. He is currently parliamentary assistant to Brian Stanley TD who is Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment, Local Government and Community.
Doolan is married with four children. He has been a strict vegetarian since he was 16 because of his concerns for the environment.
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