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Thanks for your support

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for me in Friday’s local elections and everyone who helped out in my campaign. I’d like to say a particular thanks to the members of the Dublin West Green Party, my campaign manager Barra and my family.

 

Obviously I am very disappointed not to have taken a seat on this occasion. I take comfort from the fact that I almost doubled my share of first preference votes and on the final count 1 was only 600 votes short of taking a seat.

 

I think the fact that the Green Party failed to win any seats on Fingal County Council is deeply concerning, particularly with the new Fingal County Development Plan being drawn up. On the doors over the last few weeks, people were very supportive of the ideas I was proposing for inclusion in the new Development Plan, including no rezoning of land for housing in the Dublin 15 area, a new section on Safe Routes to School and an emphasis on new community facilities.

 

Unfortunately, I will not be in a position to directly input these proposals into the Development Plan as a member of the Council. However, I fully intend to campaign on these and other quality of life issues for residents of Dublin 15. The need for proper planning is the reason I stood for election in the first place and I intend to continue to work on this and other issues as a member of the Green Party over the next few years.

 

Thanks again for your support.

 

Roderic

O’Gorman launches environmentally friendly election posters

Roderic O'Gorman and John Gormley at launch of e-board posters

Roderic O'Gorman and John Gormley at launch of e-board posters

 

Yesterday, myself, Deirdre De Burca and a number of local election candidates launched out election posters.

 

For this year’s local elections, I am using a new product called e-board for my campaign posters. The e-board posters are made from a wood based product from timber grown in Ireland. The boards are manufactured in Ireland, so the whole process is helping keep jobs and money in our economy.

 

As my posters are made from a wood based product, they are much better for the environment than the traditional posters that are made from plastic. This also means that they are far more easy to recycle after the election. My posters can be broken down for wood chips, used for attic lining or floor underlay, spun into loft insulation or simply reused in the next election.

 

Like many people, I look forward to the day when we won’t have thousands of posters cluttering up our streets at election time. However, until then, I want to ensure that my election posters are as environmentally friendly as possible, and that in buying them, I am supporting Irish jobs. 

 

 

 

Further Information on E-board

 

The advantages of e-board:

- Grown and manufactured in Ireland (Clonmel) from FSC Certified sustainable state owned forests.

- Carbon negative at point of manufacture and even point of delivery (can be used to carbon offset).

- Independently verified life cycle assessment (LCA) document available together with FSC certificates.

- Non petroleum based product.

- Biodegradable.

 

RECYCLING OPTIONS

Reprint using white ink to cover previous design. [Damage may make this infeasible]

Supply of panels to timber merchants for various uses.

Supply of panels for use in packing case manufacturing.

Panels used as internal roof lining.

Panels used as flooring underlay.

Panels spun into loft insulation material.

Panels used as pallet tops or bases.

 

OTHER POSSIBLE RECYCLING OPTIONS

Conversion to wood pellets for domestic wood burning stoves.

Conversion to liquid Biofuel.

Mulching or chipping for animal bedding or garden use.

Spending limits will prevent big money buying influence in local government

I’m delighted to see that John Gormley has introduced spending limits for local election candidates. This is the first time we have ever had a cap on spending for a local election campaign and these limits are evidence of the efforts by the Green Party to keep big money out of politics. The Tribunals have shown the corrosive influence of money on politics and related decisions on planning – something we in Dublin 15 know all too well. These new spending limits will ensure that no one can buy influence in local government.

After the last local election in 2004, the Community Voice newspaper compared the spending of the different candidates in the Castleknock ward for the 4 weeks of the campaign. My total spend on that occasion was €900. One of my opponents declared spending a whopping €20,000.

This time around, the absolute maximum any candidate will be allowed spend in the Castleknock ward is €15,000. This figure applies during the 60 days running up to polling day, twice the length of time the spending restrictions apply during a general election campaign.

I think bringing in these spending limits can only enhance the quality of the campaign we will have across Castleknock and Blanchardstown. Too often, wealthy candidates feel they can buy up ads on bus shelters or pay to blanket drop glossy brochures. With these new restrictions, I think we will see this campaign fought more on the doorsteps. As someone who has been knocking on doors since last April, I obviously welcome a campaign which relies on interaction with the voters, rather than the American style ‘glamour campaigns’ that we have seen in Dublin 15 in recent elections.

Another item of interest in the area of electoral reform is the study on the establishment of an Electoral Commission for Ireland.
This is another aspect of the Green Party’s plans to completely overhall how elections are run in Ireland and to make it more transparent and independent.