Local TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin nominated by Sinn Féin for Ceann Comhairle position

Local TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin nominated by Sinn Féin for Ceann Comhairle position

Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has been nominated by the party for the role of Ceann Comhairle. Next Thursday members will take part in a... more

Newest representative in Cavan/Monaghan rules out Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael coalition

Newest representative in Cavan/Monaghan rules out Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael coalition

Fianna Fáil’s newest elected representative in Cavan/Monaghan has ruled out a Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael coalition.  Fianna Fáil’s Niamh... more

Cavan Monaghan constituency count updates

Cavan Monaghan constituency count updates

20.30: TDs elected in 2016 General Election for Cavan/Monaghan Constituency are Heather Humphrey’s Fine Gael, Caoimhghín O’Caoláin Sinn... more

Sligo Leitrim constituency count updates

Sligo Leitrim constituency count updates

11.19pm: Results of fifteenth count. Distribution of Marc MacSharry’s surplus: Kenny, Martin (SF): ELECTED Mac Sharry, Marc (FF): ELECTED... more

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin says his election is tinged with sadness due to Kathryn Reilly’s elimination

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin says his election is tinged with sadness due to Kathryn Reilly’s elimination

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin says his election to the Cavan Monaghan constituency this evening is tinged with sadness. He retained the seat he’s held... more


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  • Cavan Monaghan constituency count updates

    20.30: TDs elected in 2016 General Election for Cavan/Monaghan Constituency are Heather Humphrey’s Fine Gael, Caoimhghín O’Caoláin Sinn Féin; Brendan Smith Fianna Fáil and Niamh Smyth Fianna Fáil (in that order). 20.05: Candidates... more

    Sligo Leitrim constituency count updates

    11.19pm: Results of fifteenth count. Distribution of Marc MacSharry’s surplus: Kenny, Martin (SF): ELECTED Mac Sharry, Marc (FF): ELECTED McLoughlin, Tony (FG): +21 – 10,931 Reynolds, Gerry (FG): +101 – 10,417 Scanlon, Eamon (FF): +647 –... more

    135 seats now been filled in the 32nd Dail

    As day two of the General Election count continues, 135 seats have now been filled in the 32nd Dail. Fine Gael’s secured 42 Dail seats with 38 for Fianna Fail and 20 for Sinn Fein. Labour has six seats, the Anti Austerity Alliance –... more

    112 seats now filled in the 32nd Dail

    As day two of the General Election count continues, 109 seats have been filled in the 32nd Dail. That figure breaks down into 35 for Fine Gael, 32 for Fianna Fail and 15 for Sinn Fein. Labour, the Independent Alliance 4, and 5 for the Anti Austerity... more

    28 of the 158 TDs have now been elected to the 32nd Dáil

    28 of the 158 TDs have now been elected to the 32nd Dáíl. So far Fianna Fáil leads the way with 12 TDs, Fine Gael has 5, Sinn Fein has 4, the Social Democrats 3, 2 for the Independent Alliance, 2 unaligned Independents, and 1 for the People... more

    17 of the country’s 158 TDs have now been elected

    17 of the country’s 158 TDs have now been elected. So far Fianna Fáil leads the way with 11 TDs, Fine Gael and the Social Democrats have 2 each and there’s 1 each for Sinn Féin and the Independent Alliance. The Fianna Fáil leader... more

    The latest on General Election 2016

    Nine TDs have now been elected to the 32nd Dáil. Fianna Fáil has 5 seats, Fine Gael 2, Sinn Féin 1 and 1 for the Independent Alliance. The Fianna Fáil TDs are Seán Fleming in Laois, Barry Cowen in Offaly, Shane Cassels in Meath West, Mary... more

    John Perry concedes defeat in Sligo Leitrim

    In Sligo Leitrim, Outgoing Fine Gael TD John Perry has conceded defeat; a first full count is yet to begin with sorting continuing. Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry is on 14 per cent of the tally, Leitrim’s Gerry Reynolds on 11 per cent, and... more

    Local candidates react to exit polls

    Two of the Cavan Monaghan candidates – Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghín O’Caoláin and Independent John Wilson gave their reaction to the exit polls at the count centre in Cavan this morning – a second exit poll is showing an even worse... more

    High voter turnout reported in Cavan and Monaghan

    Voting in the General Election is expected to be brisk this lunchtime.  552 candidates are vying to fill 158 seats in the country’s 32nd Dáil. In Dublin the guards have been called because some candidates are reported to have broken... more

    ELECTION 2016: Sligo-Leitrim Election News

    Fine Gael candidate Tony McLoughlin says workers will see the benefit of a reduction in USC if the party is returned to Government. He says the introduction of the tax was one of the last hurtful acts of the Fianna Fáil Government. Sitting Deputy... more

    ELECTION 2016: Cavan-Monaghan Election News

    Independent candidate Jimmy Mee is calling for an increase in Garda numbers in Cavan and Monaghan. He says people living in rural communities are being terrified by criminals operating along the border. Jimmy Mee says these communities are being... more

    Election News: Sligo-Leitrim constituency

    Independent candidate Des Guckian says there is a huge imbalance between Eastern and Western parts of Ireland. He says there needs to be the setting up of a Special Western Development Region which would work to improve the farming and tourism... more

    Election News: Cavan-Monaghan constituency

    Independent candidate Emmett Smith says the fear of crime has been overstated irresponsibly recently. He says hysteria is being whipped up about rural burglaries despite official figures showing burglaries in Cavan and Monaghan have been falling... more

    Election news: Sligo-Leitrim Constituency

    Independent candidate Declan Bree has slammed some of his fellow candidates following the release of the banking inquiry. The final report found the burden on the Country could have been severely lessened, if bondholders had taken a fairer share of... more

    Election news: Cavan-Monaghan Constituency

    Direct Democracy Ireland candidate Michael McDermott says his Party will increase police presence and reopen Garda stations. He says in Cavan and Monaghan farmers are being forced to sleep with shotguns under their beds, and families are being... more

    New poll shows one point drop in support for Government

    A new opinion Poll puts Fine Gael eight points ahead of Fianna Fail with three days of canvassing left in the General Election. However the Red C/Paddy Power Poll shows Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin soaring ahead – as the most popular... more

    Enda’s a whinger – says Mary Lou McDonald

    The Taoiseach’s moved to end the controversy over his claim that his home town had the ‘All Ireland Champions in Whingeing’. After inititally saying he was referring to “locals”, Enda Kenny now says he was in fact... more

    Election news: Sligo-Leitrim constituency

    Fianna Fáil candidate Paddy O’Rourke is there’s a significant issue with school transport across the country. He says he’s been approached by a number of parents about the existing Bus Éireann transport scheme due to limits on... more

    Election news: Cavan-Monaghan constituency

    Fianna Fáil candidate Mike Durkan has slammed Fine Gael and Labour for ‘leaving a trail of broken promises during their time in office’. He’s outlined a list of 10 ‘broken promises’ which include no increase of third... more

    ELECTION 2016: Cavan-Monaghan Local Election News

    Direct Democracy Ireland candidate Michael McDermott has criticised the running of the health system. He says cut after cut by previous Governments has effectively destroyed an already burgeoning system, and that is needs immediate investment.... more

    ELECTION 2016: Sligo-Leitrim Local Election News

    Fine Gael candidate Gerry Reynolds is welcoming funding for maintenance works at Killeshandra Church of Ireland. He says the money is vital to ensure the building can continue to be used as a place of worship by the local community. Gerry Reynolds... more

    Renua calls for new Court to tackle corporate crime

    Renua’s calling for a special court to be set up to deal with white collar crime. The Special Corporate Criminal Court is among the party’s plans to move more quickly against corporate crime. It also wants whistleblowers to be rewarded... more

    Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness visiting Cavan today

    The North’s Deputy First Minister is paying a visit to County Cavan today to canvass ahead of the election. Martin McGuinness will accompany the party’s candidate Kathryn Reilly on a tour around the county, to include Virginia and Cavan... more

    Election news: Sligo-Leitrim constituency

    Independent Candidate Bernie O’Hara says political parties and the media give the impression that a non-aligned candidate cannot be elected. She says the facts are quite different and independent voices are having a big influence on political... more

    Election news: Cavan-Monaghan constituency

    Fianna Fáil candidate and Deputy Brendan Smith has repeated his opposition to the current plans for the North South Interconnector. Deputy Smith says he has continuously raised this issue through Parliamentary Questions in the Dáil, and that he... more

    ELECTION 2016: Sligo-Leitrim Local Election News

    Sinn Féin Candidate Chris MacManus says housing is a right, not a privilege. He says Sinn Féin is working to ensure there is adequate housing for everybody in the area. Sligo Councillor Chris MacManus says rent control is needed to ensure people... more

    ELECTION 2016: Cavan-Monaghan Local Election News

    Fine Gael candidate and Minister Heather Humphreys says Fine Gael’s export plan will stimulate job creation in indigenous companies in Cavan and Monaghan. Fine Gael as part of its Long Term Economic Plan, will allocate at least €500 million... more

    ELECTION 2016: Cavan-Monaghan Local Election News

    Fianna Fáil candidate and Cavan County Councillor Niamh Smyth has confirmed that her party will roll out universal fibre broadband across the country if elected to Government. She says poor broadband is having an impact on families, and rural... more

    ELECTION 2016: Sligo-Leitrim Local Election News

    Independent Candidate Bernard Sweeney says too much money is being spent by political parties in this election campaign. He says millions of Euro are being spent on consultants, researchers and marketing, while some people haven’t got a roof... more

    14th day of campaigning in the General Election

    It’s the 14th day of campaigning in the general election.  Fianna Fáil will promise a Cabinet Minister for disability issues when it publishes a policy document, while Micheál Martin canvasses in Clare and Galway. Ending welfare dependency... more

    Election News: Cavan Monaghan constituency

    Fianna Fáil election candidate Mike Durkan has blasted comments made by the Health Minister, that doctors and nurses slow down if there are more beds and resources available in hospitals. He says the Minister’s comments are... more

    Election News: Sligo/Leitrim constituency

    Independent Alliance candidate Marie Casserly says she’s alarmed that the top six highest areas for recorded crime last year in Ulster and Connacht were in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency. She says the closure of Garda stations means people... more

    ELECTION 2016: Cavan-Monaghan Local Election News

    Direct Democracy Ireland candidate Michael McDermott is calling for more funding for businesses start-ups in Cavan and Monaghan. He’s slammed the work of the IDA in the border region, saying the IDA created just one job in County Cavan 2015.... more

    ELECTION 2016: Sligo-Leitrim Local Election News

    Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit candidate Nigel Gallagher says the Irish Government is acting as the chief lobbyist for Apple following a judgement which could see it having to pay billions of euro in taxes. He says taxpayer’s... more

    ELECTION 2016: Sligo-Leitrim Local Election News

    Independent candidate Eamon Murray says the needless closure of Garda stations is continuing to have a negative effect on people in the border area. He says the closure of stations has saved very little money and Garda resources are regularly... more

    ELECTION 2016: Cavan-Monaghan Local Election News

    Direct Democracy Ireland candidate, Aoife O’Connell, has criticised the government for funding Irish Water through our road tax. O’Connell says that our economy has been disastrously mismanaged. She says Direct Democracy Ireland’s proposal... more

    Childcare is another main issue of GE16

    Childcare is another main issue of GE16. Today Labour launched a policy on the issue, promising to bring the cost to 80 euro a week, or two euro an hour, within the next five years.  Labour also plan to increase paid parental leave by three months,... more

    ELECTION 2016: Cavan-Monaghan Local Election News

    Election candidate and Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys is launching Fine Gael’s Plans for Supporting Older People today. Minister Humphreys says the plan will include an increase of €25 in the state pension over 5 years, and a ca on the... more

    ELECTION 2016: Sligo-Leitrim Local Election News

    Fianna Fáil election candidate Paddy O’Rourke says the constituency has the potential to significantly increase tourism by increasing the number of cycle and walkways. He says activity breaks are increasing in popularity and this provides a... more

    ELECTION 2016: Sligo-Leitrim Local Election News

    People Before Profit candidate Nigel Gallagher has criticised the Health Minister Leo Varadkar, saying he should never be returned as Health Minister. Nigel Gallagher says recent comments made by Minister Varadkar shows that he wants to keep the... more

    ELECTION 2016: Cavan-Monaghan Local Election News

    Green Party candidate Míchael Callaghan has expressed concern over ‘auction politics’. He says the main Parties are promising tax cuts and better public services, but are failing to explain how they are going to find the money needed to... more

    IFA announce date for General Election hustings

    The IFA in Cavan and Monaghan have announced a date for hustings for the upcoming General Election. At the event, farmers in Cavan and Monaghan will be able to put their questions and concerns to the General election candidates in the Cavan/Monaghan... more

    ELECTION 2016: Cavan-Monaghan local election news

    Fine Gael election candidate and Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said that the top priority of this year’s budget is to keep the recovery going, while providing relief and better services for the Irish people. She says Budget 2016... more

    ELECTION 2016: Sligo-Leitrim local election news

    Sinn Féin candidate Martin Kenny has called on the Government to increase the grants that the Department of Social Protection give to community groups for staff wages, to include the increase in the minimum wage. It comes as no extra funding will... more

    ELECTION 2016: Cavan-Monaghan local election news

    Candidate for Direct Democracy Ireland Michael McDermott is calling for a stop to the ‘eviction Bill’. He says families are being thrown out onto the streets with nowhere to go. He also says Direct Democracy Ireland will support badly... more

    ELECTION 2016: Sligo-Leitrim local election news

    Renua candidate Finbarr Filan has slammed the new ‘fiscal space’ theory. He says he’s deeply concerned that a 12 billion euro ‘fiscal space’ can only be achieved with no increases in public sector pay or welfare... more

    ELECTION 2016: Cavan-Monaghan Local Election News

    Green Party candidate Míchael Callaghan wants a change to the way healthcare is funded. He’s backing his party’s proposal of a cap of €15 on GP visits and a prescription charge of 50 cents. He also says the Green Party policy, to give... more

    ELECTION 2016: Sligo-Leitrim Local Election News

    Independent candidate Bernard Sweeney is calling on Richard Bruton to intervene as Tesco aims to reduce the pay of about 1,000 longer serving staff. He says with an alarming rate of job losses and the continuing erosion in the conditions of... more

    ELECTION: Cavan-Monaghan local election news

    Sinn Féin candidate and Dáil Deputy Caoimhghín O’Caoláin has highlighted the need to improve ambulance response times with the Health Minister Leo Varadkar. Reported in today’s Irish Times, Deputy O’Caoláin says during... more

    ELECTION: Sligo-Leitrim local election news

    Fine Gael candidate Gerry Reynolds is welcoming the allocation of funding for the Breffni Care Centre in Ballyconnell. Mr Reynolds says the funding will enhance the facility and increase patient comfort and safety. He says he looks forward to... more

    Local Senator calls for election to be held on weekend

    A local Sinn Fein Senator has called on the Taoiseach to hold the general election on a weekend to allow as many people as possible to vote. Kathryn Reilly says the call for weekend voting is nothing new and has been called for many times before by... more

  • Candidate profiles for the 2016 General Election, please click on a name to be taken to their profile
    SLIGO LEITRIM

    Sinn Féin Chris McManus
    Sinn Féin Councillor Martin Kenny
    People Before Profit Nigel Gallagher
    RENUA Finbarr Filan
    Independent (Independent Alliance) Councillor Marie Casserly
    Labour Senator Susan O’Keeffe
    Green Party Leslie O’Hora (Carrick-on-Shannon)
    Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry
    Fianna Fáil Councillor Eamon Scanlon
    Fianna Fáil Paddy O’Rourke
    Fine Gael Deputy Tony McLoughlin
    Fine Gael Gerry Reynolds
    Fine Gael John Perry
    Independent Declan Bree (Sligo)
    Independent Bernard Sweeney
    Independent Des Guckian
    Independent (Carrick-on-Shannon) Bernie O’Hara
    Independent Eamonn Murray

    Cavan Monaghan
    Direct Democracy Ireland - Michael McDermott
    Direct Democracy Ireland - Aoife O’Connell (Monaghan)
    Green Party – Michéal Callaghan
    Fianna Fáil - Brendan Smith TD
    Fianna Fáil - Niamh Smyth County Councillor in Cavan
    Fianna Fáil - Mike Durkan
    Fine Gael - Minister Heather Humphreys
    Fine Gael - TD Joe O’Reilly
    Independent - John Wilson
    Independent - Jimmy Mee
    Independent - Sean Conlan TD
    Independent - Mary Smyth
    Independent - Emmett Smyth – Independent (Cavan Water Charges Opposition Group)
    Sinn Féin - Senator Kathryn Reilly
    Sinn Féin - Caoimhghin O’Caoláín TD
    SLIGO LEITRIM

    NAME: Chris MacManus
    ADDRESS: Mountain View Terrace, Maugheraboy, Sligo
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 086 8119550
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: www.chrismacmanus.ie
    Twitter: @MacManusChris
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Sinn Fein
    AGE: 42
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    Active in Republican politics for over 25 years and a former chairperson of Sligo Sinn Fein and member of the party’s National Executive.
    Councillor in Sligo for fifteen years. Stood for public office on three occasions - 1999, 2004 & 2009. Elected each time. Election Agent for Matt Carthy MEP in the 2014 European election. Campaign Co-ordinator for YES Equality in County Sligo in recent Marriage Equality Referendum
    OCCUPATION:
    Graduating from IT Sligo as an Electronic Engineer, Chris works within the Peace and Reconciliation community sector.
    FAMILY DETAILS:
    From a well-known republican family, he is the son of north-Leitrim native Helen (nee McGovern) and Sean MacManus (from Blacklion, west Cavan).
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    Leading spokesperson in local Right2Water campaign group. Chairs County Sligo 1916 Centenary Committee. Chris is also a member of the the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    1. Creating real jobs means developing proper transport and high-quality broadband infrastructures across the rural and urban breadth of the northwest.
    2. Services at Sligo University Hospital have been decimated. I will fight to reverse these while enhancing the quality of services already in place.
    3. As a spokesperson of the anti-water charges campaign, if elected I will prioritise their and Irish Water’s abolition as well as the property tax.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    As a proud Irish person, raised with the ideals of the 1916 Proclamation, it is my duty to fight for a just and fair recovery for the people of my community. 2016 should see us moving closer to a society where everyone enjoys a decent quality of life.

    NAME: Martin Kenny
    ADDRESS:  Aughavas Co Leitrim
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 087 6528318
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: http://www.sinnfein.ie/martin-kenny
    Twitter: @Martin_Kenny
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Sinn Fein
    AGE: 46
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS: Padraig Fallon 087 2908925
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    He has been a member of Leitrim County Council for over 10 years and is a member of Sinn Féin’s Ard Chomhairle.
    He has a record of work in the community and in developing cross border and cross community relations.
    FAMILY DETAILS:
    Wife Helen and four children
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    Martin is a member of his local GAA club and his other interests including reading and history.
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    Number one would be around investment for jobs and enterprise in the area so that young people don’t have to emigrate.
    Proper public and health services, look at all the cuts that have been made there.
    Broadband in rural areas which links in with jobs and building the economy in places that are off the beaten track, fiber optic broadband in parishes across the country.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    I’m determined, reliable, I will be there to make sure there will be a sense of fair play brought back into politics. I am not in this for what I can get for myself, but for fairness for everybody.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    I will do my best every day to make the right decisions for the people, we don’t all make the right decisions every day but every day is a new opportunity to get it right. I will be there to fight for people and their rights and entitlements. To ensure we have a society that reflects the kind of country and vision of 100 years ago in 1916. To imagine that vision in modern society and to make that happen. To be a strong and courageous voice for the people who are left behind and don’t have a voice, there are many of them around the country.
    NAME: Nigel Gallagher
    ADDRESS:  Maugherow, Co. Sligo
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 087 3685345
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: www.peoplebeforeprofitsligo.com
    Twitter: @NgallagherPbp
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nigelgallagherpbpsligo
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Anti-Austerity Alliance - People Before Profit
    AGE: 29
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS:
    Brian O’Boyle – 087 657 4100
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    Nigel was one of the main figures in the Right 2 Water campaign within the constituency and is also signed up to the Right 2 Change Principles. He was also on the steering committee of Yes Equality Sligo.
    Over the last three years Nigel has also been centrally involved in various other anti-austerity campaigns as part of People Before Profit Sligo.
    OCCUPATION: Graphic Designer at the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    Irish Water has been a disaster since it's inception & must be abolished. Our water services should be delivered through direct progressive taxation.
    Housing is a big issue in the constituency, with over 1100 on the housing list, 20 units available & 121 boarded up. Urgent action is needed. We need to call a housing emergency-implement a substantive program of social housing construction & utilise NAMA assets to relieve the housing crisis.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    A Vote for me is a vote for someone who believes passionately in grassroots democracy, genuine equality and hope for the future. I will lead struggles and continue to stand with people in their fight against austerity.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    I will always fight for the needs of ordinary people inside the Daíl. While being a voice for people inside parliament I will also work to build campaigns to protect services outside parliament. People Before Profit aim to implement progressive social and economic policy that puts the needs of the 99% first and use people power politics to fundamentally change Irish society for the better.

    NAME: Finbarr Filan
    ADDRESS:  Streamstown, Ballisodare, Co. Sligo.
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 087 9859631
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: http://www.renuaireland.com/2015/10/08/finbarr-filan/
    Twitter: @filanfinbarr
    PARTY/NON PARTY: RENUA
    AGE: 47
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS:
    Seamus Langan
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    Finbarr’s journey into politics began when he was selected to be a street ambassador for Sligo Purple Flag. He is now Chairman of the Sligo Business Improvement District and also holds council membership with Sligo Chamber.
    OCCUPATION:
    Manager of a Centra store. He took over a loss making Centra store in 2010 and returned it to profit. The store is now a profitable business and employs 22 local people.
    FAMILY DETAILS:
    Married two Geraldine, with three children ages 20, 16 and 9.
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    Member of Sligo Rugby Club
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    To make Sligo the Economic Hub in the North West. He wants to create an anchor to provide growth for the constituency of the North West. By making Sligo stronger the entire North West will benefit.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    Finbarr is new to politics so brings no baggage or promises. He believes in a clear and transparent government. He has the drive, determination and life experience to make his parties policies happen.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    Finbarr aims to take advantage of being totally new. He will take the opportunity to go in and learn how the system works and make positive change.
    NAME: Councillor Marie Casserly ADDRESS:  Streedagh, Grange, Co Sligo
    CONTACT DETAILS:: Phone: 086 318 2529
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: http://mariecasserly.ie/
    Twitter: @Marie_Casserly
    Facebook: Marie Casserly
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Independent
    AGE:  44
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS: Peter Langan 0876965338
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    • Politics and Irish Degree NUIG.
    • Elected 3rd out of 24 candidates with 1,196 first preference votes to Sligo Co.Co. May 2014. 1st election.
    • No previous political party involvement.
    • An elected member of Sligo County Council since June 2014.
    OCCUPATION:
    Irish Teacher and the school’s Guidance Counsellor in Saint Mary’s College, Ballisodare, Co. Sligo.
     FAMILY DETAILS:
    Married to Mel and the mother of 5 children ranging in ages from 7 to 12.
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    • Chairperson of North Sligo Playground Group
    • Member of North Sligo Athletic club
    • Coach girls Gaelic teams at an underage level
    • Naomh Molaise Gaels
    • Treasurer and PRO Grange and District Community Alert
    • Member of Grange and Armada Development Association
    • Member Friends of Sligo Gaol.
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    • Education investment from pre-school through to third level, including investment in a national system of childcare we all can be proud of and the establishment of a Technological University in the North West.
    • Infrastructural investment including the construction and upgrading of schools, the end to information poverty experienced among most rural communities because of atrociously poor broadband provision.
    • Promoting and investing in small indigenous business and local enterprise.
    • Rural infrastructure upgrades and improvements such as Post Offices, Garda Stations, National Schools and rural crime prevention strategies.
    • Supporting Farmers to enable them to have decent livelihood off the land to work on the farm and raise a family.
    • A fair health system that treats everyone with dignity and respect.
    • Regional development of sustainable employment creation such as harnessing the enormous potential of our North West tourism potential.
    • To campaign for equal opportunities for those living with a disability and support those who care for them.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?
    • I will be a strong independent voice for the North West.
    • For too long the region has been neglected by successive governments.
    • We have lost generation of people in their twenties who have either migrated to the east coast of Ireland or emigrated due to the lack of opportunity.
    • I will fight for the badly needed resources and investment that has been focused on other regions of the country
    • I want to support the start ups who want to make a better life for themselves and their families in the North West.
    • I will fight for adequate childcare to allow people to return to work. Childcare workers should also be adequately remunerated for their work commensurate with their qualifications. Many of the workers in the childcare sector have level 7 and 8 qualifications, and are being paid the minimum wage.
    • Mental health services need to be properly resourced, including the promotion of positive mental health in schools. This would include the restoration of Guidance hours to schools, which have been cut by this government through their austerity drive.
    • More emphisis on physical education in schools, which should include more than the basic one session a week which the department of education require at the moment. I propose that Physical Education become a leaving certificate subject, with points allocated in the same way that other subjects.
    • Many of our young people are being forced into inappropriate third level education courses. I would propose that a system of apprenticeships similar to the continental model. Dual training is at the heart of every apprenticeship, where the theory apprentices learn in class is reinforced by practice at work. Apprenticeships in Industry, Banking, Manufacturing, IT and Hospitality are common, rather than the almost exclusive construction based apprenticeships we are familiar with.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    I will work as hard as I can for the North West and for the country. A balanced national recovery will provide a stronger Ireland – this means that jobs and infrastructural development should be spread away from Dublin to the regions, particularly the North West.
    I will not make any promises as to what I will do, however, if any person wishes to contact me, I will endeavor to help constituents to access services.
    ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/COMMENT:
    As a member of the Independent Alliance, I will, if elected, be a one of a group of TD’s who will very likely be in the balance of power. If this happens, the possibility of negotiating in favour of our region will be accentuated.
    We can improve the lot of our region. We can bring the jobs and investement that we need to keep our young people in the North West.


    NAME: Senator Susan O’Keeffe
    ADDRESS:  Kinagrelly House, Collooney, Co Sligo
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 085 131 4084
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: http://www.susanokeeffe.ie/
    Twitter: @susanokeeffe
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Labour
    AGE: 55
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS: John  McCarrick - (071) 916 1841
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    • Selected to contest European Elections for the North West constituency, 2009
    • Selected to contest Dail Election, June 2010
    • Elected to Seanad Eireann, April 2011
    • Banking Inquiry Member
    • Tourism and Agriculture Spokesperson in the Seanad
    OCCUPATION:
    Journalist
    FAMILY DETAILS:
    Married with three children
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    • I want to continue to support our schools and colleges establishments through increased investment, new collaborations and improved facilities.
    • I believe we need further investment in road infrastructure, particularly to strengthen links with Enniskillen, Knock Airport and Galway.
    • I want to continue my support for  the arts, more women in politics and public life and raising awareness of domestic violence.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?: 
    I am standing on my record of hard work, vision and determination for this region. I want to help this area grow and develop into a vibrant cultural, educational and recreational region. I also want to continue to help build tourism and small business and help create a great place to live and work in.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    I will continue to work hard and to realise my vision for this regional as a world-class cultural, recreational and educational destination. This will make it a great place to live, will create jobs and build a sustainable secure future.
    ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/COMMENT:
    I am committed to working hard to raise the profile of domestic violence and to improving resources and investing in new ways to educate people about the problem.
    I am also committed to support women to come into public life and political life.

    NAME: Leslie O’Hora
    ADDRESS:  Cluain Sín, Carrick On Shannon, Co.Leitrim
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 086 2555 369
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: https://greenparty.ie/people/leslie-ohora/
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/leslie.ohora.1
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Green Party
    AGE: 59
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    First time in politics. To date Leslie has worked with International, National and start up one man companies throughout Ireland and all over Europe.
    Has worked with Good Energy Alliance Ireland, Chamber of Commerce Carrick-on-Shannon, European Union Network of the Lakes and Inland Waterways of Ireland.
    OCCUPATION:
    Renewable Energy Consultant
    FAMILY DETAILS:
    Married with three children
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    A member of Good Energy Alliance Ireland, Inland Waterways, Clewbay Sailing Club, Glenans, Concarneau (Brittany, France) Sailing Organisation. Water music festival Carrick-on-Shannon.
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    1. Healthcare in Rural Towns and areas. Community based healthcare.
    2. Creation of sustainable jobs for young people to counteract empty nest syndrome
    3. Promotion of renewable energies
    4. Creation of Tourism and Digital Hubs
    5. Ensure hot school meals for all.
      WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    Vote for Leslie because of his depth of experience nationally and internationally creating jobs in large and one person companies. He has no political baggage, promises transparency and openness.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    1. Push to have a world class tourism attraction in the North West that brings 500,000 people per annum to the area
    2. Creation of a rural healthcare strategy for North West including cross border resources
    3. Maintenance of an environment that will benefit agri food and tourism and the people who live locally
    ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/COMMENT:
    Wants to change the voting age to 16. Speaks English, Irish, French and Italian.

    NAME: Senator Marc MacSharry
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 086 267 4764
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: https://www.fiannafail.ie/people/senator-marc-macsharry/
    Twitter: @MarcMacSharry
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Fianna Fáil
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    First elected in 2002 Marc has been a strong advocate of balanced regional development, the effective implementation of the National Spatial Strategy and the provision of equality of access of services to all regions on the island of Ireland and Seanad Reform.
    OCCUPATION:
    Marc currently runs his own family estate agency, Marc Mac Sharry Properties, Sligo.
    FAMILY DETAILS:
    Married to Marie Murphy, one son Marc Junior, one daughter Julie Rose.
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    He has a keen interest in sports, in particular GAA, Rugby and Soccer and water sports. He is a fan of reading history books and amateur drama.
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    • Jobs: IDA & Enterprise Ireland to Priorities Northwest. Ability to pay clause for commercial rates & abolish zero hours contracts.
    • Infrastructure: High-speed broadband to all homes and business. Upgrade the regions national primary routes to motorway standard.
    • Agriculture: A fair price, practical supports, a sensible regulatory system and more support for young farmers.
    • Education: North West University of Technology, Investment for St Angelas College & Cavan Institute & more guidance councillors, resource Hrs and SNA’s.
    • Health: Protect A&E & Maternity Services in the region.  Increase provision of specialist services, bed capacity, front line staff and invest in our acute and community hospitals. More home help hours.
    • Childcare: Tangible additional support for working parents which reflects the educational input of child care professionals.
    • Tourism: Capital investment for the regions unique and natural attractions – archaeological, sport, angling, agriculture and historical tourism.
    • Social Welfare: Abolish the Means Test on the Carers Allowance to allow more elderly, ill and disabled people the dignity to remain in their homes. Increase to carers allowance.  Med card for all with chronic illness. Equal supports for all our young people and self-employed
    • Environment: Abolish Irish Water. Ban fracking. Practical measures to reduce effects of climate change

    NAME: Councillor Eamon Scanlon
    ADDRESS:  Ballymote, Co.Sligo
    CONTACT DETAILS: (including phone, email, website, Twitter account if any):
    Phone: 087 680 3660
    Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
    Website: https://www.fiannafail.ie/people/cllr-eamon-scanlon/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScanlonEamon?ref=br_rs
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Fianna Fáil
    AGE: 60
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS: Keith Henry
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    • Served the Fianna Fáil Party at all levels since 1984.
    • Seven years on the National Executive and Director of Elections for Matt Brennan, TD since 1981.
    • Elected to Sligo County Council in 1991, representing the Ballymote Electoral Area, and headed the pole in 1999.
    • 2002-2007 in Seanad Eireann
    • 2007-2011 in Dail Eireann
    OCCUPATION:
    Butcher by trade and business owner since 1975. Subsequently opened an Auctioneers and Estate Agency.
     
    FAMILY DETAILS:
    Married to Ann, they have six children.
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    • Member of Sligo County Council
    • Vice Chairman of HSE regional health forum
    • Member of the local St Vincent de Paul
    • Member of Ballymote GAA club
    • Member of Ballymote Community Enterprise Board
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    • Fairer deal for farmers- better schemes for funding
    • More hours given for carers of the elderly
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    Has experience. Elected in 1991, he has been dealing with and resolving problems since then. He knows what problems are out there and what people need.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    Promise to serve the people as best he can, solving the many and quite varied problems

    NAME: Paddy O Rourke
    ADDRESS:  Killahurk, Carrigallen Co. Leitrim
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    0872930415, 0494339658, [email protected]
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Fianna Fail
    AGE: 53
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    First time candidate in 1991 piped at the post by 26 votes and in 1999 having increased first preference significantly was denied a seat by a mere 7 votes.
    Councillor for 10 years, elected on 2nd count in 2004 and elected on 1st count in 2009
    OCCUPATION: Farmer
    FAMILY DETAILS: A father of 3 children.
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    Provision of adequate broadband facilities, adequate funding for road network, protection of post offices and rural schools, support for family farms ie realistic suckler cow scheme and enhanced terms of the GLAS scheme to accommodate our soil type and farming practice, engagement with IDA and employment creation agencies to explore and develop opportunities for the county. Preserve Leitrim development as is, in order to allow it continue the work it has been successful at. Facilities for youth both in education and recreation.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    Continue to offer my services to everybody be that as individuals or members of community interest group.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    Continue to fight for preservation of family farms, small businesses, small schools and all issues that impact on rural communities.

    NAME: Deputy Tony McLoughlin T.D.
    ADDRESS:  48 John Street Sligo, and Main Street, Manorhamilton.
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 071 911 0011 / 087 6633587
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: http://www.tonymcloughlintd.ie/
    Twitter: @TonyMcLTD
    Facebook: Tony McLoughlin T.D.
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Fine Gael
    AGE: 66
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS:
    Blaine Gaffney: 083-1335095  [email protected]
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    Tony was first elected to Dáil Éireann during the 2011 General Election. Prior to this election success, Tony was an elected representative on both the Sligo County Council, where he held a seat from 1974 and the Sligo Borough Council. During his tenure on the Borough Council, Tony served as the Mayor of Sligo on four separate occasions.
    OCCUPATION:
    Sales and public representative.
    FAMILY DETAILS:
    Married to his wife Paula, and they have three grown children. His uncle, the late Joe McLoughlin from Dromahair, served as a T.D. for Sligo - Leitrim from 1961 to 1977.
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    A loyal supporter of Coolera-Strandhill GAA Club. He has been a season ticket holder at Sligo Rovers for the past twenty years and he is also a member of the Sligo Rovers Development Committee. 
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    1. Jobs: I want Fine Gael to continue creating & maintaining jobs across the NW, rewarding work by reducing taxes, and helping start-ups to grow.
    2. Health services: I want to see the development of a fixed Cardio Cath Lab at Sligo University Hospital, together with many other essential services retained and improved in Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal and Cavan.
    3. Investment: I want to ensure that investment in this Constituency continues in education, health, transport, roads, broadband, housing, local Gov & tourism.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    I have a very strong record of delivering results for my individual constituents, with over 30,000 representations since completed 2011. If elected I will to continue this work on their behalf.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    Fight to ensure that more people and families in the Constituency feel the benefits of the recovering economy and to ensure that their issues are addressed at a national level.
    ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/COMMENT:
    This election is very important for the future of Ireland. It’s too important to waste your vote on the party who wrecked the economy, or on candidates who promise everything, but would be reckless with your future.
    This election day, vote for the party that will keep the recovery going. Vote Tony McLoughlin No.1.
    NAME: Gerry Reynolds
    ADDRESS: Campaign Office, Carrick-on-Shannon
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 087 254 2092
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: http://www.gerryreynolds.ie/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/gerryreynoldsFG
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Gerry-Reynolds-Fine-Gael-206058336393244/
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Fine Gael
    AGE: 54
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS:
    Seamus Herron 087 2770795
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    Member of Leitrim county council from 1985 to 2014.  Gerry was also a member of the Dail and Seanad from 1987 to 2002
    OCCUPATION:
    Businessman
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    Jobs and the means to attract them to places like Leitrim West Cavan, South Donegal and Sligo. That Government would recognise the role of the SME sector and the sole trader and encourage them to develop and expand rather than put up any obstacles or red tape. Ensuring we have the communications infrastructure and a pro business model approach. We need to make job creation easier for business people
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    I come with a dual experience in the political and business world which gives me practical knowledge on how the political and business world works.
    My previous experience of 14 years in the Dail and Seanad will also be invaluable and if my party returns to Government I will ensure that measures will be provided to stimulate an economic recovery in West Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo and South Donegal.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    In the first initial weeks I would ensure that we have a clear and achievable plan in place to deliver efficient and accessible broadband service to every small town and village in the constituency and the extended rural areas. I would want that plan to deliver a quality service  within 3 years of the lifetime of the next  Government

    NAME: John Perry
    ADDRESS:  Ballymote in Co. Sligo
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 087 245 9407
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: http://www.finegael.ie/our-people/tds/john-perry/
    Twitter: @johnperry
    Facebook: John Perry
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Fine Gael
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    John Perry TD is formerly the Minister of State for Small Business. He represents the Sligo-North Leitrim constituency. John was first elected to the Dáil in 1997. He was Fine Gael Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Small Business & Enterprise and the Border Counties from 1997-2000. He was subsequently re-elected to the Dáil in May 2007 and was appointed Spokesperson on Small Business. He served as Fine Gael Spokesperson on the Marine from October 2004 to September 2007.  Currently a member of the Dail Public Accounts Committee
    OCCUPATION: Full Time Public Representative
    FAMILY DETAILS:
    Wife Marie and son Jude.
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    To bring a large IDA backed project into the area and with it, a block of quality job opportunities.
    My top priority is to continue to deliver on behalf of the citizens of the constituency. My pledge is that I will continue to work tirelessly and passionately to advance the interests of the people of the constituency. When a constituent comes to me with a problem, I take it as a personal challenge to get a successful outcome on their behalf. I will stick with the problem for as long as it takes to get a solution. And this is also my commitment to the people of this constituency. When I take on a problem I will stick with it. I will not be the guy in the corner, supporting constituents in their struggles with bureaucracy, I will be the guy out there in the middle of the ring slugging it out on your behalf.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    When you have a problem, I am the guy in the ring slugging it with the bureaucracy so as to get you a solution.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    Ensure that the economic recovery is protected and continues by ensuring that a new Fine Gael government takes power immediately.
    ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/COMMENT:
    • As a Teachta Dala my constitutional obligation is the people’s representative.
    • My pledge is that I will work tirelessly and passionately to advance your interests. You can count on me to be the TD that will do the most for the people of this constituency.
    • The constituency will benefit from having an experienced representative with a strong and energetic voice for all people of West Cavan, South Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo.


    NAME: Bernard Sweeney
    ADDRESS:  Market Yard, Sligo
    CONTACT DETAILS: (including phone, email, website, Twitter account if any):
    Phone: 087 145 9395
    Email: [email protected]
    Twitter: @1bernardsweeney
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Independent
    AGE: 40
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    A background as a Community Worker and in Conflict Resolution (including Cross Border Reconciliation).
    Spent many years fighting with local councilors and lobbying for Travelers rights. On board of directors for http://minceirswhiden.org/
    OCCUPATION:
    A computer technician
    FAMILY DETAILS:
    Divorced, with four children and recent grandchild. Had a great aunt 1980’s, Margaret Sweeney, who went for Galway Elections. His father was also a lobbyist for Travelers rights.
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    Inishfree boxing club coach
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    1. CORPORATION TAX: We have one of the most generous rates in the world, at 12.5%, yet this is still not good enough for big business and Government. Currently, after further concessions and claims against expense, we collect only half of the legal amount losing 4 Billion Euro to the economy. Workers have no opportunity to claim for expenses to do or go to work so why should Corporations?

    2. SOLIDARITY LEVY: While the Corporate Sector have continued to enjoy our favourable rates, despite several years of hardship over many years for ordinary people, they should now temporarily pay a 1% levy into a ring-fenced fund to create employment opportunities for youth. E6-700 million.
      WEALTH TAX: It is extraordinary that Ireland has never considered the introduction of a Wealth Tax, particularly throughout the recent economic crisis. If countries such as France, Norway and Switzerland can raise tens of millions through a Wealth Tax, then why not Ireland?
    3. PEOPLES DIVIDEND: While the banks are temporarily in part or whole Public ownership, the people who bailed them out, receive no benefit. A 3% Peoples Dividend should be imposed on the public portion of all bank profits until they are sold. This, for example, would have added E36 million to the public purse from AIB profits in 2014 alone.

    4. TRANSACTION TAX: The IFSC is being used by private speculators to make vast sums of money on currency and stock transfers without any benefit to Ireland other than some direct employment. I propose that a 0.5% Transaction Tax should be introduced on all dealings. This would generate 100’s of millions for our economy.

    5. CHILD BENEFIT: It is simply ridiculous that the wealthy enjoy this benefit. I propose that no household with an income above E140000 should have entitlement.

    6. SPECIALIST REVENUE UNIT: While the Dept of Social Protection correctly pursue an estimated E30 million in welfare fraud through nationwide units, I believe similar specialist units with the same level of resources should be established by the Revenue Commissionaires to chase down tax evaders who it is estimated cost our economy many multiples of the welfare figure.

    7. DEVELOPER FUND: Immediate legislation should be introduced whereby any building developer, who has benefited from the taxpayer through NAMA and who has returned to commercial activity, should be subject to a 5% Recovery Levy on all profits for 5 years.

    8. MINIMUM/MAXIMUM WAGE: Not only have successive Governments failed to increase the Minimum wage since 2006, they have overseen an erosion of employment rights and the introduction of unstable and exploitative schemes such as Internships, JobBridge and short-term working contracts. These types of employment must be abolished unless they adhere to a new Minimum Wage rate of E12 per hour. I also believe that we should commence a conversation about the introduction of a maximum wage.

    9. POLITICAL EXPENSES: No politician, who travels less than 30km to work or where there is frequent and available public transport, should be entitled to travel expenses. In addition, a tapered rate for decreasing travel distances should be enforced. All monies saved should be directly transferred to life-saving NGO’s and charities such as the Rape Crisis Centres and Suicide Awareness groups.

    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    Comes from a unique point, the Traveler community have experienced the same problems for years with being ignored by the government for their needs. He is used to fighting with politicians objecting to Travelers rights.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    First thing is to cap his own salary. He will hire one full time or two part time employees with the money from his own salary. He will cap his expenses also at anything over 30km.
    ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/COMMENT:
    We have to incorporate every one of every background to ensure fairness and include the needs of everyone.

    NAME: Declan Bree
    ADDRESS: 1 High Street, Sligo.
    CONTACT DETAILS: (including phone, email, website, Twitter account if any):
    Phone: 087 2470802/ 0719145490
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: http://www.declanbree.com/
    Facebook: Declan Bree
    Twitter: @Declan_Bree
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Independent
    AGE: 64
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS:  Ms Brenda Barr at 071 914 5490 or  P.R.O Mr Corey Whyte at 087 053 5546
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    • First elected to Sligo County Council in 1974 and has retained his seat at each subsequent election, topping the poll in the most recent Local Election (May 2014).
    • member of Sligo Corporation (Sligo Borough Council) from 1974
    • Mayor of Sligo in 2004 and was Chairman of Sligo County Council in 1986.
    • He served as a Dail Deputy for Sligo/Leitrim from 1992 to 1997.
    • A member of Ireland’s radical socialist youth organisation the Connolly Youth Movement in the late 1960’s and early 70’s, he went on to become National Chairperson of the movement.
    • A founder and former Chairperson and General Secretary of the Sligo/Leitrim Independent Socialist Organisation.
    • He was a member of the Labour Party from 1992 until his resignation from the Party in May 2007.
    • He is the President of the Connolly Forum (Sligo).  He is the Chairperson of the Sligo branch of People First.   He is Secretary of the Gralton Labour History Committee (Leitrim).  He is a patron of the People’s Movement - Gluaiseacht an Phobail.
    • He is a leading activist in the Right2Water and Right2Change movements
    Extensive history ► http://www.declanbree.com/about_declan/
    OCCUPATION: Public Representative
    FAMILY DETAILS:
    No family political connections
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    He is a member of SIPTU and is a former member of the Western branch Committee of the Federated Workers Union of Ireland.
    Involved in numerous voluntary and cultural organisations over the years he is a member of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, a former Secretary of the Sligo County Board of Comhaltas, and he was Cathaoirleach of the host branch of Comhaltas in 1989/91 when Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann was first awarded to Sligo.   He is a member of the Board of the Hawk's Well Theatre and he is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Strandhill Community Maritime Centre.
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    • WATER CHARGES – Abolish water charges and Irish Water and hold a constitutional referendum to ensure public ownership of our water.
    • JOBS – Not Dole or Emigration
    • HEALTH AND CANCER SERVICES –  Provide a public health system based on need and not on ability to pay. Restore the Breast Cancer Service to University Hospital Sligo.
    • NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE ENVIRONMENT  - Use Ireland’s oil and gas resources for the benefit of the Irish people and ban fracking.
    • TAX - A fair and progressive taxation system.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?: I am an experienced and effective political activist and I have the ability to ensure that the interests of ordinary people are effectively represented in the Dail.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:  I will join with other Left and Independent public representatives in the movement for change so as to ensure adequate investment in employment, infrastructure and public services particularly in health and housing.

    NAME:  Cllr Des Guckian
    ADDRESS:   Dromod, Co Leitrim
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone  0719638397 / 0874124725
    EMAIL: [email protected]
    NON PARTY
    AGE: 66 years
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS:  NONE
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    Stood, as Independent, for Carrick Area for Leitrim County Council on three occasions. Increased vote each time and finally elected in May 2014.
    Currently a County Councilor in Leitrim having tried on two previous occasions to get into the council. He contested the 2014 Roscommon South Leitrim By-Election but was unsuccessful.
    OCCUPATION:  
    Retired teacher and small farmer.
    FAMILY DETAILS:  
    Wife and five grown children.
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
      Anti-fracking
    • TCCA
    • GAA
    • Local development
    • Choir
    • Historical societies.
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    • To highlight that fracking is about to be imposed on this entire region, without our permission and (like thousands of areas where it has been done already) totally disastrous results. It would be like letting off an atomic bomb over the constituency. Farming and tourism will be destroyed and people cannot live here any longer.
    • I’m for defending peoples rights and I abhor the bullying attitude of the governments we’ve had of late. I fear that “abortion on demand” is being sneaked in.
    • I’m for the TCCA’s defense of our rights to continue to cut turf on our own bogs.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    On Leitrim Co Council, I’ve shown that I can be trusted as a real Independent. I can cut through the nonsense and get to the real core values. I can see the way the parties have let down the entire people. I hope to lead a democratic revolution.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
       Continue to represent my constituents to the best of my ability. I greatly admire what Luke Flanagan has done. I will take a similar line. I will be promoting the idea of a Special Western Development Region. Through it we could get grants and incentives to have better broadband, integrated transport links, develop industries/employments and revive communities and small towns.


    NAME: Bernie O’Hara
    ADDRESS: Dromahair
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 086 821 3806
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: bernieoharaindependent.com
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Independent
    AGE: 54
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS:
    Concepta Quinn – 087 412 7249
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    First time to run
    OCCUPATION:
    Runs a wedding stationary company in Carrick-on-Shannon and online wedding stationary
    FAMILY DETAILS:
    A married mother of two adult sons
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    Member of the Sligo Leitrim pro-life groups
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    Job creation and improving the lives of others.
    Main reason is for protection of the 8th amendment
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    Because the parties we voted in are the reason the country is in the state it is in. I have a background and a Masters in business. I have a level 9 diploma in innovation which is lacking in this country
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    I will work for all the people in the constituency. There is many businesses closing and people losing their jobs, and no investment. There are very little jobs, I will create proper paid jobs for people. There are too many young working in jobs for bad money.

    NAME: Eamonn Murray
    ADDRESS: Blacklion, County Cavan
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 087 4677 223
    Email: [email protected]
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Independent
    AGE: 53
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    Ran in Belturbet Cavan in local elections but wasn’t successful
    OCCUPATION: Builder
    FAMILY DETAILS: Married with three girls
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    Member of love Leitrim, and the local angling groups.
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:

    Focus on the rural decline of post offices and Garda stations WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    Lots of reasons. I’m the only candidate running in Cavan, I would say seriously if they want to change it vote for me, there’s enough votes in the area to vote a TD in. I will represent North Leitrim as well. I am ideally situated as nobody is running in West Cavan, and nobody is running in North Leitrim and South Donegal has nobody running. I’m in the right place.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    Number one keep focus on West of Ireland. I would like to see more tourism in the area. Would like proper fish gates put up in the area to encourage angling and add to tourism in the area, walkways, look into untapped areas of tourism.
    Keep local businesses alive because the towns and business are dying. I would try have a guard in each community which would be a comfort to people in rural areas.
    It’s very easy to shout about what’s wrong, but if we focus about what’s there that we can improve its time better spent, it would be a positive representative for the area.

    Cavan Monaghan
    NAME: Michael McDermott
    ADDRESS: 30 Percy French Place
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 085 758 3123
    Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
    Website: http://directdemocracyireland.ie/
    Twitter: @cavansaysenough
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Direct Democracy Ireland
    AGE: 35
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS: Ray Hall, [email protected] 086 344 6777
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    This will be my first time running for election. I am a national executive member of Direct Democracy Ireland / National Citizens Movement. I am also the founder of Cavan Says No To Water Charges and I have dedicated as much time as I physically can to helping families fight home evictions.
    OCCUPATION: Automotive Technical Trainer
    FAMILY DETAILS:
    I am married with three young children
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    • Chairman of Ballyjamesduff AFC juvenile soccer club for three years.
    • Ballyjamesduff Community Council Committee Member
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    As a TD, I will prioritize an increased Garda presence in Cavan and Monaghan to enhance the safety of our local town & farming communities.
    When elected I will work to attract potential investors to Cavan/Monaghan to assist businesses and farming community through extra support and funding. I will insist on greater supports for the self-employed and all local business start-ups to save rural Ireland.
    I will strive to bring extra funding for social housing and have mortgage supplement reinstated along with an increase for rent supplement recipients. Direct Democracy Ireland will insist that all NAMA housing be released for use until such time as we as a nation can provide enough housing for our Citizens.
    To reintroduce Article 47 and 48 back into the Irish Constitution where it belongs.  These articles were removed in 1937 without any say from the Citizens of Ireland. These articles will once again give the Irish people faith in Government; they will have an input in the big issues. Article 47 will give us political accountability; politicians will take on their role knowing full well that they, like any other working man or women can be removed from their position for false promises and under performance.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    People should vote not just for me but for the Direct Democracy Ireland polices. We have faith in the Irish people to make decisions that will affect not only them now but affect generations that come after us.
    I am asking the people of Cavan Monaghan to trust themselves. Any major issue to be decided will be decided by the people. I will hold meeting throughout the constituency and it will be the people there in attendants that will tell me which way to vote in Dáil Eireann.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    As a TD, I will prioritize an increased Garda presence in Cavan and Monaghan to enhance the safety of our local town & farming communities.
    When elected I will work to attract potential investors to Cavan/Monaghan to assist businesses and farming community through extra support and funding. I will insist on greater supports for the self-employed and all local business start-ups to save rural Ireland.
    I will strive to bring extra funding for social housing and have mortgage supplement reinstated along with an increase for rent supplement recipients. Direct Democracy Ireland will insist that all NAMA housing be released for use until such time as we as a nation can provide enough housing for our Citizens.
    To reintroduce Article 47 and 48 back into the Irish Constitution where it belongs.  These articles were removed in 1937 without any say from the Citizens of Ireland. These articles will once again give the Irish people faith in Government; they will have an input in the big issues. Article 47 will give us political accountability; politicians will take on their role knowing full well that they, like any other working man or women can be removed from their position for false promises and under performance.
     ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/COMMENT:
    Many people living in the Cavan and Monaghan area won’t have heard of Direct Democracy Ireland / National Citizens Movement or even many of the smaller and newer parties that have sprung up over the last few years, but as the most progressive and people orientated party that is contesting the election, we are not some louts or street terrorists as the fine Gael led government make us out to be. We are ordinary people with ordinary lives which have been turned upside down by the policies of a government that has no interest in the welfare of its own people but has an equitable interest in keeping the EU and bankers fed and watered at the expense of the Irish people.
    As a party, we are made up of doctors, dentists, accountants, business owners, car mechanics, office workers, farmers, public servants and civil servants, the unemployed, homemakers, journalists, in fact, you name it, we have it in our membership. We are individuals who formed a party to change the 100 odd years of political empire building by Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and labour by contesting this particular general election and all because this country has been taken to the brink of complete ruination by these three political parties. We as a nation need to break the stranglehold of these three parties so that you as a citizen take back control of your own futures by the use of direct democracy through the use of referendums. Switzerland have a very similar and highly successful model in place and it works like a dream!
    There is an innate fear built into Irish people that political change is something to be feared. The reality is that as a nation we are continuing to vote in the same people and parties that have created this abyss that the country is teetered on. In medical terms this is defined as a form of madness as we vote every five years and expect a different outcome. The other thing is the old civil war side-taking that is still deeply buried into the Irish psyche, that allows for people to vote in the same way that their parents did in the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and finally the 00’s.  Again this is utter madness as nothing changes other than to create wealthy political dynasties and families. The only people who win are the same politicians, whether they are in government or in opposition, they still win financially and you lose financially every time you vote them in.
    So why am I running for election? The answer is very simple
    • I have a wife and a very young family who need a future that is truly stable and not one that is dictated to by a system designed to enrich bankers, corrupt businessmen and politicians. I want to help build a new Ireland where our children don’t have to emigrate, where we don’t have to evict families from their homes especially when the same bankers have already been bailed out with money meant to help those same unfortunate families. DDI / NCM will put an immediate stop to the Land & Conveyancing Act otherwise known as “the eviction bill”. Families are being thrown out on the streets with nowhere to go and supported by the justice system through the courts. DDI /NCM will support the funding badly needed for social housing as a priority. People need somewhere to call home and under the constitution, we are obliged to supply them with that home. Remember that Your local Fine Gael TD (Joe O’Reilly, Sean Conlan and Heather Humphreys) signed the eviction bill. They put families on the street in order to placate bankers.
    • We believe in keeping our resources for ourselves. Resources such as our own oil and gas, our own forestry, and many of the other things that this government sold to vulture funds at the behest of the Troika and IMF. By nationalising our resources, we become self reliant and create sustainable a economy and jobs that will naturally follow from it. This will have the effect of reducing energy prices and our reliance on importing oil and gas. In other words we won’t be buying our own gas and oil which is extracted from our own seas by foreign oil companies who proceed to sell it back to us a massively inflated prices.
    • We need a truly free education system that is inclusive and accessible for all of our children, no matter the background. The state spends billions of hard earned taxpayers money to export our graduates, our apprentices, our engineers, our builders. These are our children! Education is expensive but necessary, therefore we need for these same people to work here, create employment here and stop this policy of enforced emigration that has broken families apart. We are being forced to repeat what our parents and grandparents had to endure by taking the boat and the aeroplane if they could afford it.
    • We will give farming back to farmers and begin to properly fund the production of food from our fields and reduce the need on expensive imports. We have farmers who are only too happy to produce real food once again and in doing that create not only an income for themselves but also employ others who are being left by the wayside due to government policies that are designed to keep Europe happy.
    • The IDA created ONE job in Cavan in 2015 and at what cost? The simple act of funding our own people to want to start up their own businesses in Cavan and Monaghan is an absolute priority for me and DDI / NCM. We need to support local people with local jobs and keep the money flowing in our own county and not depend on a government sponsored organisation to spend hundreds of thousands creating ONE job. We need to create real jobs that doesn’t involve a brass plate, tax evading corporation hiding in the IFSC with two employees. We will encourage investment in real people from all backgrounds and create real indigenous jobs that employs real people who pay real tax in the Cavan and Monaghan area.
    • Social protection and the support to those who need it most has been eroded to subsistence levels courtesy of the Fine Gael and Labour. OAP’s have seen drastic cuts in pensions and entitlements as have jobseekers and single parent families. The cuts were made to pay a bankers debt to bondholders, a debt that the people of Ireland never owned or had a say in. In other words, the people were conned into paying a price that we will pay for the next few generations. DDI /NCM will reverse the cuts made to peoples welfare payments and ensure that the standard of living is as it should be.
    • The health service is beyond a joke and is costing lives. Trolley after trolley line corridor after corridor in our overcrowded hospitals. Our focus is on reopening closed wards and employing more frontline personnel such as doctors and nurses rather than administrative staff. We will tackle the high cost of drugs being supplied at hugely inflated prices to the hospital system. Cut after cut by previous governments has effectively destroyed an already burgeoning system that is well and truly on the edge. The ambulance system is another example of a system that has suffered from major cuts that ultimately affect each and every one of us. It needs investment now... Lives depend on it including yours.
    • Unfortunately, what we have witnessed in regards to political policing has shaken those of us to the core. The Gardai are being used as private security men for a corrupt businessman rather than being tasked with doing the job that they signed up to do, which is to police crime. Here in Cavan and Monaghan, the increase in organised crime has risen to such an extent that farmers are sleeping with shotguns under their beds. Families are being terrorised by roaming gangs of criminals, breaking into homes at any hour, knowing that there will be no Garda response as station after station has been closed down to cuts imposed by fine Gael and supported by Labour. DDI / NCM will increase the police presence and re-open Garda stations so the Gardai can do their jobs once again. We will financially invest in our Gardai and give them the equipment and means to do their jobs properly.
    • Direct Democracy Ireland / National Citizens Movement will take the power from the hands of whip led politicians and allow our TD’s to vote with their conscience. We give the power to you the people to vote on hugely important decisions that up to now have been in the hands of politicians whose agenda is not conducive to the wellbeing of the Irish economy or its people. We are a truly people orientated party and not in the game of playing parish pump politics.  We need to take responsibility and elect real people who actually care about fellow citizens otherwise we are feeding a political wolf who has already consumed the heart of our nation by giving complete autonomy to Europe. In other words, we no longer have a say in how our country is run.
    Our country is in debt for the grand sum of €165 billion Euro. That debt is banking debt and not debt created by you or me, yet we are being forced to pay it to bondholders. People who took a gamble just as someone would place a bet on a horse and yet, lost the bet but still got paid. Do you really want more of the same madness? I don’t and many people that I know don’t. Don’t be afraid to break away from the madness and vote for me and my colleague Aoife O’Connell who is from Monaghan. We are not in it for the money or the power trip (Think Labour Minister, Alan Kelly) but are in it to bring real change and real stability to a country that has been taken to the edge of a precarious cliff and hasn’t really moved away from the danger.
    Don’t fall for the lies that “we are in recovery”. This country is like an alcoholic... One sniff and we are back where we were five years ago. Stability is a word that only applies to those who have benefited from corruption authorised by Fine Gael and Labour.
    Don’t get taken in this time and believe that old saying: Better the Devil you know! It isn’t true as we all found out to our cost!
    Please give me your No 1 vote and Number 2 to my running mate, Aoife O’Connell over in Monaghan. Look us up on our website... https://www.directdemocracyireland.ie

    NAME: Aoife O'Connell
    ADDRESS: 126 Bechgrove Lawns, Monaghan.
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 085 8086224
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: www.directdemocracyireland.ie
    Twitter: @aoifeo'connell12
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Party – Direct Democracy Ireland
    AGE: 26
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS: Ray Hall – 086-3446777,[email protected]
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    This is my first time running for election. I am a member of Direct Democracy Ireland (a National Citizens Movement). I also helped set up the Monaghan Land League which helps families fight home evictions. My family set up Monaghan Life Support 14 years ago to help families who have lost a loved one through suicide.
    OCCUPATION: Business Owner – Holistic and Alternative Health
    FAMILY DETAILS: I am the youngest of 9 children. I come from a very Athletic background, where sports and community involvement have always played a huge role to my family.
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS: Monaghan Life Support
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    • Restore the A&E in Monaghan Hospital.
    • Proper services for Mental Health/Wellbeing.
    • Stop people being evicted from their homes.
    • Abolish Water Charges and Household Charges.
    • Preventing more cuts to the most vulnerable in our community.
    • To preserve the health and dignity of our senior citizens who should not have to fight for their medical cards or extra home help, this should be an automatic given.
    • Proper funding to vital community services for women and children with special needs.
    • Job creation to keep our youth in the country.
    • Bring back accountability To the political system.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    A vote for me is a vote for the People. Direct Democracy Ireland is a unique party which wants to rebuild a system that has failed its citizens. I am asking Cavan and Monaghan to trust themselves. This is a confusing time for any voter but we are asking for the Trust of our local communities to help us do the right thing. With Direct Democracy Ireland, it is the people that hold the power, only then will we have a government that truly represents the People of Ireland.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    • Restore the A&E in Monaghan Hospital.
    • Proper services for Mental Health/Wellbeing.
    • Stop people being evicted from their homes.
    • Abolish Water Charges and Household Charges.
    • Preventing more cuts to the most vulnerable in our community.
    • To preserve the health and dignity of our senior citizens who should not have to fight for their medical cards or extra home help, this should be an automatic given.
    • Proper funding to vital community services for women and children with special needs.
    • Job creation to keep our youth in the country.
    • Bring back accountability To the political system.
    ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/COMMENT:
    Many people living in the Cavan and Monaghan area won’t have heard of Direct Democracy Ireland / National Citizens Movement or even many of the smaller and newer parties that have sprung up over the last few years, but as the most progressive and people orientated party that is contesting the election. We are ordinary people with ordinary lives which have been turned upside down by the policies of a government that has no interest in the welfare of its own people but has an equitable interest in keeping the EU and bankers fed and watered at the expense of the Irish people. As a party, we are made up of doctors, dentists, accountants, business owners, car mechanics, office workers, farmers, public servants and civil servants, the unemployed, homemakers, journalists, in fact, you name it, we have it in our membership. We are individuals who formed a party to change the 100 odd years of political empire building by Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and labour by contesting this particular general election and all because this country has been taken to the brink of complete ruination by these three political parties.
    We as a nation need to break the stranglehold of these three parties so that you as a citizen take back control of your own futures by the use of direct democracy through the use of referendums. Switzerland have a very similar and highly successful model in place and it works like a dream! There is an innate fear built into Irish people that political change is something to be feared. The reality is that as a nation we are continuing to vote in the same people and parties that have created this abyss that the country is teetered on. In medical terms this is defined as a form of madness as we vote every five years and expect a different outcome.

    NAME: Mícheál Callaghan
    ADDRESS: Mullaghmore West, Ballinode, Co. Monaghan
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 086 865 2724
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: www.michealcallaghan.com
    Twitter: @Micheal_Sustain
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Green Party / An Comhaontas Glas
    AGE: 24
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS: Conan Connolly. [email protected] 086 064 1864
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE: First time candidate. Joined the Green Party in 2007. Secretary Cavan – Monaghan Green Party between 2009 – 2011. Campaign manager for Darcy Lonergan in 2011 General Election
    OCCUPATION: PhD student
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    • Transition Monaghan (co – founder)
    • Friends of the Earth
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    • 1. Tackling rural decline by providing opportunities for sustainable job creation and entrepreneurship
    • 2. Securing the long term viability and vitality of farming
    • 3. Supporting volunteers, carers and artists
    • 4. Standing for clean, corruption free politics which prioritises our collective long term needs over short term gains
    • 5. Promoting tourism locally by developing our cycle and waterways
    • 6. Making it easier for homeowners and communities to reduce their reliance on fossil fuel imports by securing good grants for energy efficiency and enabling communities to produce and control their own energy
    • 7. Acting on behalf of future generations by campaigning for action on climate change
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    I am a fresh, first time candidate who can provide a new voice for Cavan – Monaghan at this critical time. As a recent graduate, and someone active in the environmental movement I understand the many challenges that face today’s youth. I am a hard worker, and have been active in the local community for a number of years, having co – founded sustainability organization Transition Monaghan. Having studied environmental law and sustainable development, I believe that I have the expertise to provide a voice for a sustainable and truly prosperous future for all in Cavan – Monaghan.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    • 1. Increase spending in local primary health care clinics, so that people have access to good quality healthcare in their communities
    • 2. Ensure that the people of Cavan – Monaghan have access to appropriate paramedic and ambulance services, who can diagnose patients and direct them to the most appropriate treatment centre, whether that be community pharmacy, primary care clinic or hospital.
    • 3. Propose referendums to introduce direct democracy to Ireland, as citizens need to feel empowered by politics not disengaged. This will give citizens the right to propose referendums and legislation, a right which exists in other countries, and was initially included in the 1922 Irish Constitution.
    • 4. Reintroduce the Windfall tax on the sale of re – zoned land, that the Greens introduced in government, but which was abolished by the current government. The practice of land zoning and speculation was a major contributor to the unsustainable economic model pre 2008. We cannot see a return to these days. The profits from the sale of re – zoned land would be ringfenced to fund badly needed social housing
    • 5. Propose a referendum to ensure that housing is introduced as a ‘social right’ into the constitution.
    • 6. Prioritise the tackling of rural decline by targeting more investment for small and medium enterprises in rural Ireland and introduction of measures to prevent vacant properties from lying idle for too long in our towns and villages.
    NAME: Brendan Smith
    ADDRESS: No. 3 Carrickfern, Cavan
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: (049) 4362366
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: www.brendansmith.ie
    Twitter: @BrendanSmithTD
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrendanSmithTD/
    PARTY: Fianna Fáil
    ELECTION AGENT AND CONTACT DETAILS: Cllr John Paul Feeley - 0876989304
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE: OCCUPATION: Public Representative
    FAMILY DETAILS: Married to Anne Smith. Brother of Seán Smith, Cavan County Councillor Son of the late John F Smith who also served as a Member of Cavan County Council
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS: Served as a Member of the Co. Cavan Vocational Education Committee including Chairman of the Board of Management of Cavan College of Further Studies and Chairman of the Board of Management of Virginia College, Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne, GAA and other voluntary organisations.
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    • A health system that delivers for all reducing waiting lists, increased investment in mental health and disability services
    • Reverse cuts in supports for older people
    • Support to meet the costs of childcare and increased investment in education at all levels
    • Increase in Garda numbers and better security for our communities
    • Support rural communities, fair income for farmers, improved farm schemes
    • Maintaining and creating jobs, harnessing the potential of local SME sectors
    • High speed broadband essential for all areas, improved mobile phone coverage
    • Increase investment in local, regional and national roads
    • Protect those with family home mortgage difficulties
    • Tackling the growing social housing list with meaningful house building programme
    • Abolish Irish Water
    • To oppose the overgrounding of the North-South Interconnector having lodged a form objection with An Bórd Pleanála in August 2015
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?: As your Fianna Fáil T.D. for Cavan/Monaghan, I have consistently worked diligently and to the best of my ability on behalf of all constituents. This representation has enabled me to work with individuals, families and groups in every community throughout Cavan/Monaghan.
    I have a proven track record of delivery for families and communities and I wish to continue that work.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    I have always put my constituents at the heart of my work and will continue to work tirelessly and diligently for all. The people of Cavan-Monaghan deserve to have public representation that is experienced, strong, committed, and dedicated. I believe that I can give that particular service to Cavan/Monaghan.
    If elected, I will continue to advocate for those who need it most. It is my firm belief that no person should be without adequate housing, welfare supports, resources, facilities, or security to live to the fullest of their ability. I will work towards building an Ireland for all.
    Rural Ireland needs a Fair Deal
    NAME: Cllr Niamh Smyth
    ADDRESS: Adelaide Row, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 042 9666 666
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: www.niamhsmyth.ie
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Fianna Fáil
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS:
    Seamus Sheridan          086-0532174         [email protected]
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    President of the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network. I am serving my second term as a Fianna Fáil County Councillor on Cavan County Council.  I have topped the poll in both elections achieving a significant increase in my vote from 1,119 first preference votes to 1,890 in my second election, 59% of the total vote in the Bailieborough Cootehill municipal district.
    OCCUPATION:  
    Arts Education Officer for Cavan and Monaghan Education & Training Board (CMETB).  My work takes me all over the two counties visiting schools, meeting teachers and programming events for students in the new Education Campus in Monaghan town where my office is based.
    FAMILY DETAILS:
    Married to James Conaty. My parents are Des and Maura Smyth. I have one brother, David and two beautiful nephews.  I am a  grandniece of the late Paddy Smith TD , a founding member of Fianna Fáil, who served the people of Cavan and Monaghan over 54 years. My late uncle Turlough Smith was a past Cavan County Councillor and former Chairman along with my cousin Michael Smith, former Councillor.
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    • President of the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network
    • Member of the Board of Management of Bailieborough Community School
    • Chairperson of Community Alert
    • Secretary of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
     
    First and foremost priority is to get elected, to maximize the Fianna Fail vote across the country and have the best team in place in the new Government. A Fairer Society – An Ireland For All. To ensure that any recovery is fairly distributed.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    I am completely committed to our people in Cavan and Monaghan. Since being elected to Cavan County Council I have held a weekly clinic every single week to meet with my constituents. I have always followed up on any queries or concerns that have been brought to my attention. I will do the exact same if elected in the General Election on a larger more national level. I will bring a blend of youth, enthusiasm and energy. I will work tirelessly to invigorate and inspire the electorate to come back to Fianna Fáil and place their trust in us again.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?: 
    I will offer the people of Cavan and Monaghan change and an opportunity for Fianna Fáil to be strong again. I will work very hard towards making a positive contribution in rebuilding our country.

    NAME: Mike Durkan
    ADDRESS: Castlebarnagh house, Clonkeencole, Clones, Co. Monaghan
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 0876471247 – 047 20660
    Email: [email protected]
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mike-Durkan-FF-2016-candidate-161273907579829/
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Fianna Fáil
    AGE: 37
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS:David Funcheon 0879186640
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:Involved with FF since I was 15 years old – have been involved in many successful campaigns, most recent when I was Director of Election for Clones/Ballybay MD in last local election in 2014
    OCCUPATION: Account Manager
    FAMILY DETAILS: Married 2 small children – no political connections
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS: Member of local GAA
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    • Adequate, safe and affordable childcare for working families
    • Education - Proper provision for Special Education Nees
    • Agriculture - Fair prices for all produce
    • Health - GP card for all
    • Rural Towns & Villages - Essential services re-opened & more Garda presences
    • Employment - Abolish Job Bridge
    • SME's - Full investment into broadband provision in rural Ireland
    • Abolish Irish Water
    • Property Tax - Accurate accountability of the property tax


    NAME: Heather Humphreys
    ADDRESS: Unit 2, Mall Road, Monaghan Town, Co.Monaghan
    Cootehill Office: 79 Market Street, Cootehill, Co Cavan Tel: 049-5555501
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Tel: 047-71911
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: heatherhumphreys.ie
    Twitter: @HHumphreysF
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Fine Gael
    Director of Elections: Paddy Greenan Tel: 086-0612015
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    • Heather was appointed as Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on 11th July 2014.
    • She was elected to Dail Eireann in the 2011 general election and is the first woman ever to be elected for Fine Gael in the Cavan-Monaghan constituency.
    • Heather first became involved in politics when she was co-opted on to Monaghan County Council in 2003 and was twice re-elected in 2004 and 2009. In 2009, Heather was elected as Mayor of Monaghan County Council. Following her election to Dail Eireann, she served as a member of the Oireachtas Finance Committee and also served as a member of the OSCE and the North-South Inter -Parliamentary Association.
    OCCUPATION: Government Minister. Prior to politics she worked for many years in Ulster Bank and was Manager of Cootehill Credit Union.
    FAMILY DETAILS: Married with two daughters and lives on a farm in Aghabog, County Monaghan.
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS: Aghabog GFC
    ELECTION PRIORITIES: Ensuring the recovery is felt across Cavan and Monaghan.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    I have worked extremely hard for this constituency since I was elected in 2011. I have made a difference to important issues. For example, I worked with Minister Michael Noonan to dramatically reduce the amount of road tax paid by the haulage sector, which is such an important industry in a landlocked border county like Monaghan with a strong agri-food sector. After years of delays, I also secured Government approval to begin the restoration of the Ulster Canal between Lough Erne and Castle Saunderson. That work is well underway.
    In 2011, Fine Gael went before the people with a pledge of getting Ireland back to work and fixing our broken economy. 5 years on, 135,000 extra jobs have been created and we have the fastest growing economy in Europe. In Monaghan, the number of people on the Live Register has dropped by 30%. Fine Gael is the only part with a Long Term Economic Plan to keep the recovery going. If you want to see the economic recovery secured and spread to more households, then I urge you to vote for Fine Gael.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    The most important thing Fine Gael will do if re-elected is continue to manage the economy sensibly and keep the recovery going. No other party has the proven track record or a long term plan to sustain the recovery. I would hate to see the progress made over the last few years squandered. At a local level, I will focus on a number of projects, including progressing the Ulster Canal, working with the Education and Training Board to continue
    NAME: Joe O’Reilly
    ADDRESS: 2 The Willows, Chapel Road, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 0494365853
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: joeoreilly.ie
    Twitter: @joeoreillytd
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Fine Gael
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS:
    Mr Kevin Kiernan, Aughakilmore, Ballyheelan, Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan- 0872532615
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    First elected to Cavan County Council in 1985, I became a member of Cavan V.E.C. that year also. I was previously a member of Seanad Eireann from 1989-1992. From 2004-2005, I was Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council.
    I was a member of the Seanad for my second term from 2007 to 2011. During that time I was spokesperson on Energy, Communications and Natural Resources.
    I was elected TD for the Cavan and Monaghan area in the 2011 General Election, something of which I am enormously proud of.
    I was appointed Vice-Chairman of The Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement Committee, a member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly and the Joint Oireachtas Committee, member of the European Affairs Committee and Leader of the Irish Delegation to the Council of Europe.
    OCCUPATION: Primary School Teacher
    FAMILY DETAILS:
    I was born on a family farm at Mountain Lodge Cootehill. My father was a founder member of and National Officer of the ICMSA and it was from my mother and father that I learned a love of Public Service.
    I am Married to Mary Tully, a native of Roscommon and a Public Health Nurse and we have three boys, Alexius, Eoghan and Daire.
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    • High-speed broadband to every home and business in Co. Cavan.The IDA to deliver significant foreign direct investment to Co. Cavan.
    • The completion of the East/West Link .
    • Capital Investment Programme for Cavan General Hospital.
    • Completion of €30m 3rd Level Educational Campus Cavan Town.
    • The continuation of delivery under the Sports Capital Grant fund.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?: As the only Government TD in Cavan, I have given a round the clock service to the people in this County and have a passionate commitment to my job.
    Together, with this Government, I have worked hard to achieve;
    • €115 million spent on Regional and National Roads
    • €36.9 million spent on our Schools; with Government sanction of a further €50 million over the next two years.
    • €2.5million spent on Sports Capital Grants
    • €72,882,659 spent on Farm Payments
    • €5.4million spent on Community Childcare
    • Five New Primary Care Centres opened
    • €478,000 spent on Garda Accommodation
    • 44 new Garda Cars
    • 335,000 Home Help Hours provided last year
    • €28,509,174 spent on water and sewerage projects.
    • My pledge to the people of Cavan is to continue this commitment to them, for another five years.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    I will continue to work hard for the people of Cavan and Monaghan, the people who will have placed their trust in me to represent them in Dáil Eireann. I will working day and night to achieve my election priorities for Cavan and to ensure that the people of my Constituency have a strong voice representing them at Government level.

    NAME: John Wilson
    ADDRESS: Blenacup, Cavan Post Office, Co. Cavan
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 087 3210497
    Email: [email protected]
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Non Party
    AGE: 52 years
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS:
    John Wilson
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    No previous political involvement.
    OCCUPATION: Retired Garda
    FAMILY DETAILS:
    I’m married with three adult children, a daughter and two sons.
    My late Uncle John P. Wilson T.D. was a former Fianna Fail Tanaiste and Minister, and my younger brother Diarmuid is a Fianna Fail Senator.
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    The safety of our people who don’t feel secure in their homes and communities, who are under threat from both Irish and foreign criminals that are operating with impunity throughout counties Cavan and Monaghan and throughout the country due to the closure of Garda stations, and the extreme dysfunctionality of our Justice system. No amount of government spin is going to change that fact.
    • To introduce a Bill that will classify crime against the elderly as a special category of crime.
    • To take back control of our borders to ensure that all people entering our Country are properly vetted.
    • To maintain our post office network which is so important for our people.
    • The establishment of a new Government Department to deal specifically with mental health issues which affect every family in Ireland. It’s always ok to say that you are not ok.
    • To reopen the 24 hour A&E Department in Monaghan because Cavan and Monaghan lives matter too.
    • To address the lack of employment opportunities by introducing a specifically low Corporation Tax rate to encourage businesses to set up in areas which are deprived of employment like Cavan and Monaghan.
    • To provide anyone who has to travel in excess of 60km to their place of employment with a tax credit to help alleviate their travel costs.
    • To abolish the toxic entity that is Irish Water.
    • To secure a grant for farmers who reside or who have property in isolated and vulnerable areas for the GPS Tracking of animals and machinery.
    • To ensure that the future construction of electric pylons and wind farms are halted until the legally required environmental assessment and cost benefit analysis is carried out.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    I don’t believe in right and left politics.
    I believe in RIGHT AND WRONG politics.
    I’m a slave to no ideology and I am a conviction driven person.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    I will not make any false promises and I will not engage in generic political waffle.
    I will fulfil my role as a T.D. by representing all of my constituents equally and I will work for an Ireland where all of our children will have the same opportunities in life.
    ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/COMMENT:
    For many of our people the word “Politics” is a dirty word and because we as a people have been conditioned over several decades to accept mediocrity from our elected representatives, any man or woman who puts themselves forward for election to Dail Eireann are seen by many of their fellow citizens as being just another greedy and selfish opportunist. But the reality is that Independent T.D.s have been the most effective parliamentarians in the 31st Dail. I am asking the people of Cavan and Monaghan for the opportunity to represent them in the 32nd Dail.

    Independent - Jimmy Mee
    Independent - Sean Conlan TD
    NAME: Mary Smyth
    ADDRESS : Ballybay Road, Monaghan , Co. Monaghan
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 086 2335073 / 083 8144911
    Email: [email protected]
    PARTY/NON PARTY:Non-Party
    AGE: 53
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS: Gene Flood, Phone: 087 7687257, Email: [email protected]
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    Pro-life activist. Canvassed for declared pro-life candidates in last local county council elections 2014.
    Trustee on Board of Stanton Health Care Clinic, Belfast.
    OCCUPATION: Registered Counselling Psychologist
    FAMILY DETAILS:
    I grew up in a politically aware home.
    Late Father Owen Smyth School Principal –Fianna Fail
    Other family members have been involved in other political parties
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    • Monaghan Gospel Choir
    • Affiliated to Monaghan Harps GAA club
    • Activist with the Irish Pro-Life Campaign and Precious Life, Northern Ireland
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    • Independent Voice to Protect Life At All Stages in particular our 8th Amendment.
    • Independent Voice for Truth and Common Sense.
      My SEVEN KEY DEMANDS are as follows;
    • Dedicated  improvements in the provision of  Mental Health, Primary Care and Disability Services for children, adolescents and adults in the Cavan/Monaghan Region.
    • Re-instatement of 24/7 medical A/E services and the establishment of NEDOC at Monaghan General Hospital. Investment in resources, beds and staffing at Cavan General Hospital.
    • Investment in community and voluntary Groups to counteract scourge of drug and alcohol abuse.
    • The provision of Drug Rehabilitation Residential Units in this region to serve our Youth.
    • Vigorous Defence of our 8th Amendment which gives constitutional protection to the life of mother and her developing baby in the womb.
    • Vigorous Defence of the rights of our Elderly and Terminally ill to adequate life-long medical care within the Healthcare system, and I will strongly oppose any campaigns in Ireland and in the EU to introduce or legislate for Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.
    • Vigorous Defence of the objections of concerned citizens to the erection of overhead pylons and powerlines in relation to the North/South Eirgrid Interconnector. 
    Why should people vote for you:
    • I am the dedicated Pro-life candidate for Cavan /Monaghan.
    • I want to Protect and Defend Life at all Stages from conception to natural death.
    • I have 35 years of experience in nursing and mental health. I am well aquainted with the problems affecting families in every walk of life.
    • I want to be THE VOICE to represent the concerns of the politically disenfranchised in the Cavan/Monaghan Constituency.
    • I am not bound by the party whip.
    • I am free to ANSWER TO YOU, NOT PARTY HQ.
    • People tell me I am honest, confidential and sincere.
     WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?
    I will campaign for my seven key demands and I will only give my support to the government if it delivers on my key demands.
    I will NEVER compromise on my defence of our 8th Amendment, and I will be known as a TD who will ONLY SUPPORT POLICIES THAT PROTECT AND DEFEND LIFE FROM CONCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH.

    NAME: Emmett Smith
    ADDRESS: Mullaloher, Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 0857819559
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: http://www.right2change.ie/
    Twitter: @smith4change
    PARTY/NON PARTY: non-party
    AGE: 28
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS: Same as above
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    • Student of political science in NUI Galway.
    • Anti austerity campaigner since 2013 as part of the `we`re not leaving` campaign- check online for more information.
    • Leading local activist on the anti water charge campaign in Cavan since its beginning.
    • Represented county Cavan at Right2Water and Right2Change steering meetings and conferences since their beginnings also.
      OCCUPATION:  Community activist and volunteer
    FAMILY DETAILS:  Single
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    • Students for Sensible Drug Policy Ireland
    • Galway Pro-Choice
    • Galway Alliance Against War
    • We`re Not Leaving
    • Cavan Water Charges Opposition Group
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    • Reverse all austerity measures
    • Disband Irish Water
    • Move the debate away from talk of so called `fiscal space` and highlight obscene corporate profits as a virtually untapped source of tax revenue that could be used to create a more equal Ireland
    • To offer people of Cavan and Monaghan a socialist candidate as an alternative to the rest
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?: I have signed up to the Right2Change policy principles and I am committed to continue working and campaigning to achieve these rights for all the people of Ireland regardless of income or status.
    These rights are as follows:
    • water
    • decent work
    • housing
    • health
    • debt justice
    • education
    • democratic reform
    • equality
    • a sustainable environment
    • national resources
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    I will cooperate with any other anti-austerity candidates to fight for a more equal Ireland, beginning with a huge campaign for social and affordable housing. I will continue to be a vocal representative for the austerity generation. I will also campaign for a repeal of the 8th amendment to give women access to free safe legal abortion in Ireland.
    ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/COMMENT:
    ABOUT RIGHT2CHANGE
    Right2Change is a political movement born out of the Right2Water campaign.
    Our movement seeks a fairer, more equal Ireland that benefits all of the people rather than a select few. We have a a Right2Change from the following.
    • Ireland is now the most unequal country in the European Union.
    • More than ten percent of people suffer from food poverty;
    • 1,100 children are living in emergency accommodation;
    • Lone parents – who are the most deprived group in the State with 63% already experiencing material deprivation  – are having their supports cut;
    • 36 percent of children experience multiple deprivation;
    • 40 families are becoming homeless every month;
    • 300,000 have emigrated since the current government took power;
    • Hundreds of thousands are still in search of a job;
    • We have the second highest prevelance of low pay in the entire OECD;
    • We have the second highest prevelance of under-employment in the EU15.
    • We have record numbers of people (600) waiting on trolleys in our underfunded public hospitals; and
    • 470,000 people have nothing left to spend after all bills are paid and 1.7 million say they have less than €100 to spend after all essential bills have been paid.
    Meanwhile, the number of millionaires in Ireland has increased from 16,000 in 2008 to 91,000 in 2014. Our government gave a €405m tax cut to the top 20 percent of earners while expecting pensioners, lone-parents, low-paid workers and those already living in poverty to pay water charges worth approximately €300m. Austerity, it seems, is only for some!
    We believe the decisions being made by politicians in the Dail are not representative of the will of the people. We believe the people of Ireland are entitled to and deserve better than what’s currently being imposed on them. We want to have an honest debate about a vision for Ireland and to establish whether there is a way to deliver a fairer, more equal society based on the principles of equality, democracy and social justice.
    The Right2Water campaign has been the largest mobilisation of people power in the history of the State. This mobilisation came about because progressive political parties, trade unions and community groups all worked closely together in opposition to unfair water charges.
    This mobilisation has shown that if we can work together with mutual respect and focus on what unites us rather than what divides us we are a much more powerful voice and we can shape the future of Ireland delivering a real Republic. One that fulfils the promise of cherishing all of the children of the nation equally.
    If you believe you have a Right2Change this country from one built on the principles of corruption, cronyism, inequality and greed to one built on the principles of equality, democracy and social justice, then join the debate and let’s change this country for the better.
    http://www.right2change.ie/about
    NAME: Kathryn Reilly
    ADDRESS: 26 The Beeches, Drumgola Wood, Cavan, Co Cavan
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone: 049 4373510
    Email: [email protected] [email protected]
    Twitter: @kathrynreilly
    Facebook: kathrynreillysf
    Snapchat: kathrynreillysf
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Sinn Féin
    AGE: 27
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS: Pat Treanor 0862377177
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE:
    • Senator since April 2011
    • General Election candidate 2011 securing 6,539 first preference votes
    • Political Advisor to Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan TD 2009-2011
    OCCUPATION: Senator
    FAMILY DETAILS: In a relationship
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS:
    • Member of the Oireachtas liaison team for Comhairle na nÓg
    • Special Olympics Ireland “Oireachtas Champion”.
    • Member of the Constitutional Convention
    ELECTION PRIORITIES:
    I have three core election priorities that are aimed at delivering a fair recovery for the people of Cavan-Monaghan and Ireland.
    Firstly, I aim to address the housing crisis which has gripped Ireland. The housing crisis has affected many people across Ireland, either directly or indirectly. Addressing the housing crisis and all that it entails would benefit students, renters, mortgage holders, first time buyers and those availing, or hoping to avail, of social housing. Sinn Féin will ensure 100,000 new social & affordable houses and commit an additional spend of €2.2bn to the crisis.
    I have also made healthcare a priority, Ireland needs quality healthcare with adequate investment. The current situation being presided over by this government is unacceptable. Our hospitals need to be adequately funded and staffed as well as adequately ran. Furthermore, the two tier health system currently in place is discriminatory and unfair and needs to be ended. Sinn Féin want increased spending on health, moving from a failing two tier health system to a universal health care system free at point of delivery.
    Finally, middle and lower income earners need to be protected, they suffered disproportionately in the economic crash and are now suffering disproportionately in recovery. The removal of 277,000 workers from the USC net and the removal of stealth taxes such as water charges and the family home tax will put money back into workers pockets.
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?:
    I am young, experienced, qualified and having worked in Leinster House in different roles since 2009, I have seen the outworkings of the Dáil and Seanad. I have seen bad decisions and bad politicians in action.
    Politics is about choices. The choices of the FG, Lab and FF Governments have been water charges, property taxes. It has caused the trolley crisis, homelessness and thousands on the waiting list for a home. In Cavan and Monaghan it has meant that children are waiting 29 months for a joint physiotherapy and occupational therapy appointment.
    But elections are about choices too. And the choice is more of the same or change. People should vote for me because I offer a chance for change, a change to the failed politics of the past, a change from protecting the elite while punishing workers and families.
    Sinn Féin is fighting for a fair recovery for our people. We are fighting for vital investment in our public services, funded through fair taxation. By choosing to vote for me, people will:
    • Choose the abolition of water charges.
    • Choose the abolition of the property tax.
    • Choose Universal Health Care.
    • Choose to end the Emergency Department trolley crisis
    • Choose to increase funding for emergency homeless accommodation
    • Choose 100,000 new social and affordable homes
    • Choose to increase resource teaching hours for children with special needs by 15%
    • Choose to prioritise disability services
    • Choose equality for young jobseekers
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    As well as my other election priorities namely housing, health and delivering a fair recovery, there is one issue that would be important to me.
    Of immediate concern to people in Cavan/Monaghan and something I would do straight away, would be to push for the passing of Sinn Féin legislation to ensure the undergrounding of the North/South Interconnector.
    This Bill does a number of important things but crucially where any part of the interconnector is to be located within 600 metres of a dwelling or public place then a public meeting shall be held in the host community chaired by An Bord Plánála. The Bill will also ensure that the planning process for the North –South Inter-connector will adhere to the Aarhus Convention. This puts public participation at the heart of the decision making process. Finally, the Bill will also provide for an independent report to be provided to the host community before the deciding public meeting if the erection of the pylons threatens health, devalues property or is disruptive to the natural environment, damages any local industry, trade or business.

    NAME: Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin
    ADDRESS: 21 Dublin Street, Monaghan.
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Phone:  047-82917
    Email:  [email protected]
    PARTY/NON PARTY: Sinn Féin
    AGE:  62
    DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT DETAILS: Brian McKenna -  047-82917
    POLITICAL CAREER/INVOLVEMENT TO DATE: Public Elected Representative since 1985. Dáil Deputy since 1997.
    OCCUPATION: Public Elected Representative for past 30 years.
    FAMILY DETAILS: Married to Briege.  We have 5 children.
    MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS: Co. Monaghan Easter 1916 Centenary Commemoration Committee
    ELECTION PRIORITIES: Universal Health Service, Public Housing and Quality Childcare
    WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?: My track record as a T.D. and commitment to a fair society with equality as it’s bedrock.
    WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED?:
    Continue the service and hard work of 30 years.  Given the opportunity I would be honoured to serve as a Minister in a Sinn Féin led Government, delivering real change and bettering the lives of those who have suffered most through the austerity years.
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