LOCAL ELECTION 2009
LOCAL ELECTION 2009 CAMPAIGN LAUNCH
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Times of great change are the time to be involved in politics – Murphy
Irish society is currently going through a major process of reshaping, many old certainties are being challenged, its a time of fear for many, it is also a time to focus on what is important, and to decide what our future priorities should be.
There must be something noble about influencing the way our town, our county, and our country are governed, that is what politics should be about. What has masqueraded for politics in the recent past was riddled with cronyism and vested interests. We need a new approach based on the principles of Transparency; Accountability; Equality and Honesty, according to Cllr Catherine Murphy in a speech to launch her local election campaign.
For the first time in a long time the Local Elections will have a national importance, this is because we are at a crossroads. I believe the voters on the 5th June will not be focusing on individual the politician’s shopping list, they will be considering the qualities of the candidates and the track record of both candidates and political parties. The public are more than aware that when you are at a crossroads, there are more than one direction to move, that is why a good track record and the trust of the public will be at a premium.
I have considerable experience at both local and national level where I have held those responsible to account in the public interest on a range of issues.
Planning in the community interest – It was not always popular when I challenged the worst rezoning excesses of the 1990’s. Building houses is the easy bit building communities is much more complex that is why I successfully campaigned for improvements in public transport, schools, sporting and other community facilities.
Funding facilities – For the first time there was a fund for parks, playgrounds, sporting and community facilities when I forced a change in policy at Kildare County Council, whereby, development levies had to be spent in the town or village they were collected.
Accountability – I challenged the closed door policy of Kildare County Council believing the public had the right to witness the decisions that were being made on their behalf.
Unfinished Estates: There was a dramatic increase the number of housing estates taken in charge by Kildare County Council. This followed my national campaign to highlight the problem of developers leaving estates unfinished.
Offers of Assistance for Local Election Campaign – Welcome
June 5th is the date set for the Local Elections. Firstly its important to ensure you are registered to vote, you may wish to check the register online, you may do so by clicking the link below.
If you are not on the register, you may add your name to the supplementary register up to 10 days prior to polling day. It does require a visit to the Garda Station so don’t leave it on the long finger.
If you wish to assist me with my campaign there are a wide variety of ways you can do this, such as:
- Deliver leaflets
- Put up – take down posters
- Canvass with me
- Help with fundraising
- Make a donation
- Join my campaign team
- Help with media and press material
I can be contacted by email, just click the contact me button above, let me have your details and how you wish to assist.