General Election 2020 – My 11 Priorities:
INVEST IN OUR PEOPLE
1. End hospital trolley & staffing scandal
2. Proper State building scheme now. Better rent controls to protect tenants. End homelessness disgrace.
3. Responsible Local Development – facilities alongside housing
4. Early Intervention for special needs – Fingal has one of the longest waiting lists
5. Equality for Stay at Home Parents – home carers credit for unmarried
6. Greater Online Protection for our children– bring social media to task
7. Safe Cycleway Infrastructure now
8. Reinstate Respite Services for those with disabilities
9. End Exploitative employment
– no zero-hour contracts
– no ‘job bridge’-type unpaid internships
10. Urgent realistic plan on climate change & coastline erosion
11. Emphasise Youth development & Proper community garda levels
"It’s time Ireland was governed as a society of people, not just an economy. We need to protect our weakest. There has been no accountability for gross overspends. Our vulnerable are left on hospital trollys, homeless, or in the rent trap with no mortgage prospects.
I believe in a compassionate society based on fairness and equality of opportunity. We must foster an ethos that encourages interpersonal responsibility & personal endeavour."
"A new vision is required. With your help I will hold the Government to task."
‘Bring Back an Independent Seat to Fingal’
Your Conerns are Mine
Digital Age of Consent must be stopped - SEE UPDATE BELOW (Govt. Defeated!!)
The Government & opposition parties are about to set the age at which our children can enter agreements with social media companies, without parental consent, at 13.
This is despite polls showing that the public does not support it. It is also against the advice of leading cyberpsychology experts. They are cosying up to big tech - at the cost of our children. They are set to sign the bill into Law this May.
The EU the standard is 16 years of age. Our children are vulnerable due to social media and communication apps. GP's across the country are seeing a huge surge in the number of children presenting with depression and anxiety caused by social media & online bullying.
These companies do not have our children’s interests at heart. They are primarily concerned about profit. To lower the digital age of consent to 13 is tantamount to child abuse.
Also the recent revelations over the lack of protection of people’s private details by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica should give us all cause for concern.
- We need to stop the lowering of the digital age of consent to 13 now.
- There's still time to amend the Data Protection Bill in the Dail. The Seanad passed it, but if we put pressure on the Minister & our TD's we can stop it.
Find their emails here:TD's List
- If it is passed I promise to work for setting it at a safe level of at least 16 when it is reviewed in 3 years.
UPDATE!! March 22nd
The Govt. has been defeated in setting the age at 13, by just 5 votes. Through this campaign and people's pressure, opposition parties reconsidered their original position. It will now be set at 16. It will be reviewed in 3 years and I will continue to work to stop it being lowered. Well done everyone!
A national disgrace! As of March 2018 almost 10,000 people, 3,000 of them children, are now homeless in Ireland. The Government is not treating this seriously enough. In the 1940’s & 50’s & 60's we could build housing and bring electrification countrywide through national projects. That this is not being done in 2018 in a timely fashion is a disgrace and embarrassment.
- A National Emergency should be called now and a realistic Government Building programme should begin.
The psychiatric services in the country at the moment are a disgrace. Children are dying unessessarily due to ridiculously long waiting lists and a lack of adequate bed numbers. Also, a greater emphasis on actually giving people the time to be listened to and talked with, needs to be given priority over the dependence on addictive medications.
In 2016 the state spent over €40 million on anti-depressants and only €10 million on talking therapies. There are 5 million GP consultations for mental health per annum in Ireland.
The Oireachtais Health Comittee has been warned by doctors that GP's are over-prescribing anti-depressants to people due to a lack of access to talking therapies. An urgent review of this shameful current state of our Mental Health services is needed.
Ireland has slowly but surely emerged from a troubled history. We had hoped to put division in the past. As part of that, we have seen the free flow of goods and services, North & South over the past 20 years, through what used to be a militarised border. Relations between all communities on the island have significantly improved. With the uncertainty still about a potential return of customs checks and the reestablishment of a ‘hard-border’ on our island, we are rightly very concerned about where Brexit is taking us. We must work tirelessly to ensure that those in both the EU and Britain are under no doubt about how serious this issue is for us.
- A ‘hard-border’ on the island must not be allowed return.
A New Voice for Fingal
Hi, and thank you for taking the time to consider supporting a New Voice For Fingal. I feel passionately about the development of Fingal and our country and I am currently reaching out to the people, on the doorsteps and streets of our constituency to address your issues of concern and to share with you my thoughts and vision regarding many issues which I believe are very important to all of us. I don't think Irish leaders are taking seriously enough the ways in which the social fabric of our society is declining and I intend to bring these issues to the fore, with your support. I very much look forward to talking with you in the very near future. Please contact me regarding any issue you may have and please take a look below at the issues I'm currently campaigning on.
You can Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Re the Data protection Bill:
I have had email correspondence with the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and all our local currently sitting TD's, party leaders and other sitting TD's many of whom are already intimately familiar with the Bill as they were on the joint committee for justice and equality that oversaw the preliminary stages of it's submission. I have asked them to seriously consider amending the Bill to put the digital age of consent at at least 16. As it stands this is a very dangerous bill that will expose our young children to the exploitation of social media companies and perpetuate a culture of developing mental health concerns regarding social media apps.