AFFORDABLE HOUSING, SOCIAL HOUSING IN THE NORTH SIDE OF THE CITY, JOBS IN CORK CITY NORTH WEST, ILLEGAL DUMPING IN LOCAL AREAS ADJACENT TO THE CITY, GARDA PRESENCE IN ALL AREAS VISIBLE ON THE BEAT, HEALTH CARE FOR THE ELDERLY, TROLLEYS AND WAITING LISTS, LACK OF SERVICE FOR YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Finian Toomey from Lower Kileens, Blarney, is married to Margaret and they have 3 children. He has been a voluntary community activist in the area for the past 25 years. As an active member of the local community association he has spearheaded many activities to improve the area and ensure that it is safe and litter free, including regular clean-ups and litter disposal operations.
In the wider community, he was the driving force behind the development of the Mallow Auto-grass world-class racing circuit in the Ballyhoura area of North Cork. Finian is very involved in fundraising for Marymount Hospital and he has organised a number of rallycross events at the Cork City Council Amenity park developed at the old land-field site near the Airport Roundabout. These have raised over €40,000 for the charity.
The Irish political system is radically broken
In Ireland the vast majority of elected representatives put a finger in the air to check which way the political wind is blowing.
They have one eye on their leaders – seeking brownie points – and another eye keeping their seat safe.
If elected reps shut up and do as they’re told, they are promoted; if they stand up for what they believe in, they are demoted. No wonder we have the political class we have.
No wonder one point one billion euro is being buried in a hole under the National Children’s Hospital and that Stormont is in stalemate.
Throughout Ireland, many people are now afraid to say what they feel, many are afraid to respectfully engage on a range of different topics.
Many feel there is a new censorship and a new political correctness in Ireland, that opposition to the establishment is being deleted.
Respectful opposition is not the enemy. Respectful opposition is a critical element of a functional democracy. Aontú will have the backbone to stand up, without fear, for you.
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