Thank you to Oisín Ó hAlmhain for submitting to our 500 words request.
I am a 38 year old hospital pharmacist, living on the Quays with my wife and 1 year old daughter. My sister, her husband and 4 nephews and 1 niece live on Cooley Road. Locally, I am part of a group that picks litter on the Canal at Dolphin’s Barn Bridge every month (www.dublinsouthcentralgreenparty.com/) and have helped out in Inchicore works in their campaign about better planning around the Tunnel (see http://www.iot.ie)
While getting as many people back to work has to be the priority of any candidate elected to the Dáil, we have to make sure that these jobs are fair and sustainable. I believe that the green economy is the best plan for the future, and I would like to see Ireland following that model of job creation. There are success stories from the green economy across the world, like the Institute for Community Resource Development project in Chicago, (see http://www.theroot.com/views/food-justice-no-peas) and I would like to see some of this success coming to Dublin 8.
I also believe that we deserve better from our politicians. They should listen to us more often and we should know from whom they get their money, how much, and on what it was spent. To get the ball rolling, I have set up a page on my own website so that you can see how money is spent and received by my campaign. (see http://www.real-dublin.ie/accountable-politics)
I want to see some common sense approaches being used to some of the problems we face. If a project works in one place, we all need to see the benefit of the project.
Thanks for reading!