Name: Colette Newman
Address: Fairgreen, Kildare Town
Occupation: IT Administrator
Why have you decided to run in the Local Elections ?
I want to be able to answer my future grandchildren, if they have to ask, “Why didn't you do something to save the planet enough for us to survive?”, with something better than “I was too busy”. Activity working for the wrong goal doesn't sit well with me, but the majority of us are struggling to pay bills and provide our children with a good start in life. We miss the point if we give them everything material, but no future.
Why should people vote for you?
I work better for other people, as an advocate, than I do for myself. If I think my family ought to have access to something, I automatically think that everyone should have the same benefits and opportunities. I understand how busy parents are, and how trying-times can wear you down. If you think you're too busy or one person can't make a difference, then vote for me and I'll work on your behalf, and more importantly, for the generations to come.
What do you think is lacking in your area and what will you be campaigning for?
Kildare County is considered part of the Greater Dublin Area, which seems to mean we take on a lot of the burdens - commuter belt heavy traffic, overcrowding on public transport, and paying more than our fair share of fares on that public transport. We need to provide a less expensive, better service with more seats and carriages that will encourage more people to travel by train and bus – which helps the environment.
Parking problems are not solved but instead pushed from one area to another in built up areas - residents, commercial units and visitors ought to have designated areas that make sense.
Drug use, especially by the very young, has increased while Garda numbers have declined. Kildare needs an increase in Garda presence with a focus on community liaison officers in coordinating with social welfare and HSE resources. Medical facilities need to share the pressures put on our emergency rooms and hospitals. Mental health should to have its own specialised system; we are losing many of our bright and empathetic people to suicide and self-harm.
More facilities need to be provided at all stages of life - especially early, and in areas that need it because of their location or economic social demographic. This can pay for itself tenfold by producing artistic, creative and healing people who add to our society.