Thank you to Peter O’Neill for submitting to our  500 words request.

I am pleased to be running as an Independent candidate in the Dublin South Central constituency in the General Election. The appalling abuse of our country and especially the events of the last few months have convinced me that it is now my time to play my part and offer a real alternative to voters.

My mission to get elected is not about self interest but rather it is about supporting families, building better communities and a better Ireland. This election will be the election to end years of corruption, the political elite and policies that have failed our families, our communities and our country.

I went to school in Drimnagh Castle C.B.S. and I graduated from Trinity College where I studied Social Work and Economics. I am a Social Worker by profession and I work locally as a Community Worker, helping local communities and families. I successfully co-ordinated a number of community initiatives on issues such as unemployment, child care, family support, domestic violence, health, planning and services for the elderly.

After years of campaigning on community issues and working in the field of social work and community work, I believe I have gained great insight into the needs of people and how to respond to these needs. I want to use this insight to inform National Policy and help to make a real difference for people.

I am determined to bring a solution focused approach to politics based on fairness. If elected, I will work hard for our constituency and country. Addressing inequality, unemployment, political reform, falling incomes, emigration, crime, health and savage cut backs are just some of my priorities.

This General Election is a crucial milestone in the history of our country and it can be the one that will bring about much needed change if people vote for candidates who are committed to policies based on fairness. We have all been burdened with the debt of poor regulation, reckless banking and the gambling of senior bond holders. This burden is unjust and its impact on families and communities is devastating.

If elected as an Independent T.D. for Dublin South Central, I will be a strong advocate for supporting families, building better communities and a better Ireland. In my voluntary and professional capacities, this is what I have always done and will continue to do. My experience is that so many T.D.’s are very removed from the pressures of everyday life and often don’t realise the negative impact of national policy on families and communities. What is decided nationally does impact locally on our families and communities.

Being Independent means that I do not have to adhere to party policies which are often based on what’s best for the party when it should be what’s best for our country and its people. I will pursue issues important to you and I will be a strong advocate on your behalf.

About the author

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  2. Vera Hussey on Monday 21, 2011

    Thank you Peter. Well said and honest.

  3. Daniel on Monday 21, 2011

    Well done Peter

    Well said and best of luck

  4. Stuart Coleman on Monday 21, 2011

    Fair play to you, you seem like the kind of person that needs to have a say in whats been going on. Plus you seem to have what all the rest of those money grabbing suits seem to be lacking, a bit of cop on ! I live in Clondalkin myself and honestly think the voting system is a joke. Why can’t I vote for somebody outside my constituency? or can I ? I would most appreciate it if someone could fill me in on that.
    If I am right and I am confined to only voting for candidates in my own area I strongly appose this form of so called democracy. Namely because it gives the bigger partys (the suits) leverage over other smaller in number parties
    Maybe Daniel B you could help me out with this matter of question?
    Determined to make a change,
    Kind Regards,
    Stuart C.