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After the By-Election

 

I want to offer my sincere congratulations to Patrick Nulty on winning the by-election. I’ve known Patrick since we both studied in Trinity around the same time. Indeed, I remember giving him my No.1 vote in a Students Union President election in 2004. I know Patrick is deeply committed to the cause of social justice and I wish him well in his new role as TD for Dublin West.

I also want to thank all those who voted for me on the 27th. I was extremely happy to come away with over 5% of the first preference vote and almost triple my vote from the General Election earlier this year. I intend to continue to build on this base for the Local Elections in 2014.

Arrogant attitude of Government contributed to defeat of Oireachtas Inquires referendum – O’Gorman

 

31/10/11

Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the defeat of the Oireachtas Inquiry referendum.

“I was delighted that the Oireachtas Inquiries referendum was defeated decisively across the country and in Dublin West. I was deeply concerned with the scope of the powers that the proposed amendment would have given to TDs, without adequate supervision from the courts. Throughout the by-election campaign, I raised the issue of the referendum with voters on the doors and urged people to vote against it. In light of the real concern I heard from voters about the extent of the proposal, I was not surprised that the amendment was defeated”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“The attitude of the Government throughout the campaign was extremely arrogant, particularly the personal attacks that Ministers made against persons who disagreed with their analysis of the provisions. Labour and Fine Gael have promised to establish a Constitutional Convention to review sections of the Constitution. While I welcome this development, I hope the Government learns lessons from the way it conducted this referendum. People will only vote to change our Constitution if the amendments are the result of an open process”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777

5 reasons why you should give me your No. 1 vote

 

The Dublin West By-Election takes place tomorrow. Over the last six weeks, I’ve been meeting people across the constituency, setting out how I would work as a TD and the issues I would prioritise. Below are 5 quick reasons why you should give me your No. 1 vote.

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  • I’ve a proven track record in Dublin West over the last 8 years, fighting bad planning decisions and working for better schools and public transport.

 

  • I’ve focused on three key issues in my campaign: jobs, education and political reform. If elected, I’ll use the skills and experience I have from my professional life in education and as a law lecturer, to advance long term changes in each of these crucial areas.

 

  • I’ve committed to seeking a seat on the Oireachtas Health Committee if elected, so I can fight to protect 24 hour A&E services in Connolly Hospital and work to reverse other cut backs.

 

  • I’ve pledged to ensure that the section of Swords in Dublin West gets fair representation and that constituents living there do not have their voices ignored.

 

  • I’ve stated that if I am elected, I will work as a national legislator, representing the views of Dublin West on the major issues affecting our country. I strongly believe that when elected as TDs, politicians should not be acting as glorified county councillors.

Defending Connolly Hospital

 

On Thursday evening I attended a packed meeting in the Crowne Plaza Hotel organised by the Defend Blanchardstown Hospital Campaign.

The hospital has become a major issue in this campaign. You only need to knock at about 10 doors here in Dublin 15 to get an impression of the genuine fear that exists about the level of service provision in Connolly and in particular, about the future of the A&E department.

After hearing presentations from some of the staff in the hospital, myself and some of the other By-Election candidates spoke, outlining our concerns regarding the current provision of services and what we felt we could do if elected on 27th October. This was followed by questions and answers with the audience.

I outlined my commitment to firstly maintain the full 24 hour A&E service onsite in Connolly and secondly, to fight to against other damaging cutbacks within the hospital.

If I am elected, I’ll use the platform the Dail gives as a means of calling the Department of Health and particularly the HSE to account. In particular, I will seek to get a position on the Oireachtas Health Committee. At the moment, none of the current Dublin West TDs sit on this committee. Giving Dublin West a voice on the Health Committee would be beneficial as it can call in the HSE Management Team, question them, and get clarity on its spending, organisational and staffing priorities for Connolly.

As I would not be constrained by any party whip, I believe I could work effectively in the Dail to hold the HSE to account and oppose cuts which would impair the hospitals major functions.

I also outlined to the meeting my plan for guaranteeing increased funding for health services in the country in the medium to long term. I would propose to the Constitutional Convention that the Government has promised that a right to healthcare be enshrined within the Constitution. This would mean that, irrespective of the ideological make-up of any future government, it would be forced to spend money within the health care system.

Had this happened between 1997-2007, we would have emerged from the boom years with much better health infrastructure, and there would have been last money to waste on the various property based tax-breaks that pump-primed our economy and have resulted in so much damage.

There is a major march planned in support of the hospital planed for Saturday 22nd October, starting at 1:00PM. I’ll be attending to demonstrate the importance of the hospital to myself and the entire community in Dublin 15.

Equality

I’m a firm supporter in full marriage equality for same-sex couples. While I’m proud of the work the Green Party did in passing the Civil Partnership bill during our time in government, I firmly believe that civil partnership is only a step towards the full, equal treatment that LGBT Irish people fully deserve. This can only be achieved through full same-sex marriage equality.

Why should you vote for me?

Launching my Campaign

Myself and Eamon at the launch

On Saturday, I launched my by-election campaign along with Eamon Ryan at the Castleknock Hotel. I was joined by a good crowd of family, friends and Party members from across the country.

In my speech, I set out the three areas that I am focusing my campaign on: jobs & strategic investment, education and political reform. Obviously, tackling these areas is essential to resolving the country’s current difficulties, but I also see them as crucial in ensuring that in the long term, we do not see a repeat of the crisis that has done so much damage.

There have already been significant ‘green economy’ investments in west Dublin, where IBM has based its Smart Cities research centre and Bell Labs have located their Green Touch programme. We must continue to market our area as a good place to locate technology firms. Part of this process is ensuring that we have the sort of world class infrastructure that attracts international firms. This is why I will fight to keep the Metro North as a viable project.

Coming from a background working in education, I know the importance of this area to our countries future. I would use my position in the Dail to push for long term increases in education funding, so that by 2020, Ireland spends 7% of GDP in this area. Such sustained investment will reduce class sizes, provide for those with special needs and widen out access to the education system.

It’s clear that the economic collapse was cause by a combination of failures across political and public life. I want to start the process whereby we ensure that such mistakes never happen again. The FG/Lab Government have pledged to hold a Constitutional Convection to re-examine provisions of the Constitution. If elected, I will use this to push for changes in our electoral system, so our TDs are focused on national issues and do not act as glorified county councillors. I will also fight to protect a right to healthcare and housing in the Constitution and to recognise full marriage equality”.

I’m going to run a positive campaign over the next three weeks, focusing on these three issues and how with the skills I possess, I can achieve real progress in these areas over the term of the Dail.

Presidential Nomination Process must be examined by Constitutional Convention

Despite the fact that the seven candidates running for President is more than we have had in any previous election, I feel the last two weeks have clearly demonstrated the huge flaws in the nomination process as set out under Art 12.4 of the Constitution.

At one level, you have to credit those county councillors who made the decision to vote across party lines and open the race to the four independent candidates. Their actions have facilitated a broader field, from which the electorate can make their choice. However, I’m not sure if they deserve such an outsized role in the process. County and city councillors are not representative in the same way that TDs are. Leitrim’s 22 councillors represent 1,444 persons per councillor, whereas Fingal’s 24 councillors each represent 11,377. A substantial majority of the councils in Ireland are of a rural nature, and these tend to be dominated by Fianna Fail and Fine Gael. As such, these parties get a disproportionate influence in the use of the council route.
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