Valerin O'Shea has been working on planning issues in Dublin City for nearly 20 years in a voluntary capacity. Her focus has been to promote proper planning in the public interest. She sits on the Dublin City Council Strategic Policy Committee for Planning and International Relations.
Valerin has made representations on many major planning applications in Dublin including the proposal for the enormous development on the Jury's/Berkeley Court site Ballsbridge; the Carlton site proposal on O'Connell Street which incorporated the Moore Street National Monument; the Liberty Hall application and of course the proposal to build the National Children's Hospital on the Mater Hospital site. She has felt passionately about the location of the National Children's Hospital since the clearly misguided selection of the Mater site and has presented strong planning arguments to An Bord Pleanala against the equally misguided St. James's site.
Her motivation has always been a strong belief in the need for an objective voice on behalf of the public to counter the many vested interests that so often hold sway.