Advocate for Social Justice

As anyone growing up in a rural village similar to Moygownagh will know, it is next to impossible not to become involved in the vitality and diverse activities that make up a rural parish struggling to survive in modern Ireland. Combined with a father like Billy Heffron - a life-long inspiring leader for community development, former Chairman of NCF Connacht Gold Co-op and Progressive Democrat Dail election candidate in 2002 - Liam was bound to be keen to advocate for social justice issues.

Liam has spent much of his working life working to relieve the burden of families who care for relatives with Alzheimer's disease through smart technology. His two grandfathers long suffered with the debilitating illness and through the alarm and medical business he founded, many community groups in the West of Ireland have provided alerting systems for vulnerable older people and their carer's - making their families' lives easier while ensuring 24/7 protection of their elderly relatives.

Since being able to kick a football, Liam has been involved with the Moygownagh GAA club (as secretary and PRO officer) and Moygownagh Community Council where he oversaw the drawing up of the first parish development plan. 

With the actors' union Equity, Liam is working to protect vulnerable actors from scam artists prevalent in the modern unregulated Irish film industry. He also worked with the SAG-AFTRA union with volunteer programmes including "BookPals" (reading to vulnerable children in schools) and "Vitatax" (filling tax returns for older or low income creative artists).

Liam is a committee member of the Moy Valley Protection Group - set up to protect North Mayo from the development of industrial scale wind farms and overbearing transmission lines over the unique landscape of the Moy Valley (www.mayospin.com)

In March 2015, He, along with his parents Billy and Mary, contributed to recent RTE TV documentary - "The Battle for Rural Ireland". highlighting the problems facing rural Ireland and seeking solutions for an otherwise inevitable decline. 

Liam also has a deep interest in history and is currently undertaking a Masters Degree in History at National University of Galway while compiling a social history archive of Mayo. He also has founded a Historical research programme compiling of interviews with older people, digitisation of National School records and recording of historical sites in the landscape to name but a few activities - see for more info:  www.moygownagh.ie

 

 

Liam and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny discussing Smart Technology solutions for Older People (WestBic 2014)

Liam and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny discussing Smart Technology solutions for Older People (WestBic 2014)

The great kids of the "BookPals" volunteer program in LA

The great kids of the "BookPals" volunteer program in LA