Councillor Eileen McCartin MBE has been an elected member of Renfrew District and Renfrewshire councils continuously since 1988. She is a past President of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and has taken an active part in politics for the last 35 years, including standing many times for seats in both the Westminster and Holyrood parliaments, always in the Paisley/Renfrewshire area. She was awarded an MBE for services to her community in 2014.
Eileen has a huge interest in Arts and Culture. As well as being an active member of various choirs and drama groups over the years, including the recently formed PAISLEY OPERA CHORUS, she has spent much of her political life championing arts and culture in our local communities. As Depute Leader and Convenor of Arts and Culture in the council during 2007 to 2012, she worked tirelessly to promote arts and culture, establishing the Renfrewshire Cultural Network, supporting the work of the curators at Paisley Museum, and helping to develop a choir festival in the town. She also volunteers at the world famous “Sma’ Shot cottages” in the town, highlighting the weaving heritage of Paisley, and supports all manner of other heritage groups in the town. She was an active participant in Paisley’s drive to become City of Culture 2021.
Eileen believes that arts and culture provide a framework for the future, encouraging employment and companies who make products stemming from the creative arts.She believes that arts and culture are for everyone unlike some of her colleagues who’s mantra was “culture’s for posh folk”. A recent performance of La Boheme from the Paisley Opera chorus was set in 21st century Paisley, with words in English and “West of Scotland”, and brought this well known opera into the emotional reach and understanding of the whole community.
Eileen is married with one son. She has a working background in home economics and catering and worked in Strathclyde social work department for 25 years.