This year 2016 we celebrate the centenary of the brave men and women who gave their lives that we as a sovereign nation may decide our own destiny.

In the words of the Proclamation “The Republic guarantees Religious and Civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally.”

With this in mind and in keeping with the vision and values of our brave martyrs, I have been asked by the Sligo and Leitrim for Life groups to stand as a candidate in the forthcoming General Election in the Sligo / Leitrim / West Cavan / South Donegal Constituency.

I will be running as an independent and will not be a single issue candidate. I intend to address a variety of social, economic and political issues which are particularly relevant to the people of this marginalized region. The new constituency boundary layout is vast, stretching from Rooskey in the south to Ballyshannon in the north and from Enniscrone in the west to Killashandra in the east.

However the over-arching economic and social problems of the west of Ireland respects no boundaries, and therefore it is my firm intention to challenge the existing Dublin-Centric Political focus and bring to the fore concrete progressive policies which will bring economic growth and stability back to the west, so long neglected.

I am married with two adult sons. I run my own online business in Carrick on Shannon and have completed a Masters in Business.

I will use half of my salary and all other monies designated to pay staff to employ suitably qualified people to work on behalf of the people I represent. There is enough money in the economy to provide what is necessary to give all citizens a good standard of living.

How this money is managed is where most of the problem lies. It is not my intention to offer the usual style politics. Instead of talking about the problems, I will show how these problems can be addressed and where the money will be found to solve these problems through the implementation of good common sense policies.

Our Government claim our country is in recovery, on paper maybe but the reality is quite different there have never been as many people homeless, families are separated by emigration, we have property tax, water tax, people afraid in their own homes, waiting lists in hospitals.

Farmers barely able to survive on the land. The ordinary working people are paying for the extravagance and irresponsibility of the few. It is time these people had a voice.

I am asking you to please give me your Number 1 vote and allow me to represent you in Dáil Éireann.

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