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Meet the candidates: Una O'Connor, Clane LEA, Aontú

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Meet the candidates: Una O'Connor, Clane LEA, Aontú

Una O'Connor, Aontú

Name: Una O'Connor

Address: Downings North, Prosperous

Occupation: Retired Garda

Party: Aontú

Having attended a number of Aontú meetings around Leinster over the last few months, I was very impressed with Peadar Tóibín's take on the current political system. He described how the whip system is destroying our legislature. An economist himself, Peadar spoke at length about the merits of a thirty-two county economy with the prospect of Brexit.

This new party's values of Life, Unity and Economic Justice are extremely relevant in the current social and economic climate.

I ask people to vote for me because I have a proven track record in community volunteerism and have in the last three years secured over €20,000 in grants for my home community of Prosperous. I am in a position to devote myself full time to serving the people of Clane Local Electoral Area.

One of my priorities will be to assist our community groups to avail of all available grants and financial incentives. Street and Shop Front grants, Heritage grants, Festival grants, Community CCTV grants etcetera, are not fully exploited but should be.

I am a local woman and have good local knowledge having attended Prosperous National School and Scoil Mhuire Community School, Clane. I lived in Clane for ten years before moving back to Prosperous where I serve on several community committees.

From the feedback we are receiving on the doorsteps, Health and Housing are clearly the two most pressing issues. Progress on plans for a multi-million euro development at Naas Hospital is slow. Every effort should be made to push for Tenders in 2019. With almost 4,000 people on the housing list in Kildare, the need for increased funding for social and affordable housing is clear.