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Meet the candidates: Séamus Ó Riain, Clane LEA, Renua

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Meet the candidates: Séamus Ó Riain, Clane LEA, Renua

Séamus Ó Riain

Name: Séamus Ó Riain

Address: Clane

Occupation: Teacher

Party: Renua


Why have you decided to run in the Local Elections ?

Consecutive governments at local and national level have wasted billions putting multi generations in debt. From the banking crisis to housing and healthcare, the Government and a massive bureaucracy have inserted themselves into each and every facet of life.

The Government and politicians are out of touch and failing the people of Ireland. I have four young kids, my children and yours should be able to work and stay in Ireland and not have to emigrate. This is the primary reason I have decided to run.  


Why should people vote for you?

As a candidate what I am offering is original ideas. They will work, and are in fact already working. I am not promising anything I can’t deliver on. I have a track record of working with various different organisations within education and the private sector. I ask that everyone compares my priorities with other candidates to see the differences.

What do you think is lacking in your area and what will you be campaigning for?

Law and order: Kildare has the lowest Gardaí to population ratio in Ireland. The people need a preventative not reactionary force. I will campaign to have the most geographically significant of the five rural Garda stations reopened. This will reduce the call out times from Naas and Leixlip. Liaise with the Gardaí and local community to address anti-social behaviour.

Amenities for Families: Kildare has the high levels of child and youth dependency, 28% aged 0-18 years - the third highest rate of all local authorities. If elected I will campaign to have playgrounds in areas that have  a high proportion of young families.

Fast Track Apprenticeships: The ESRI has  reported that there is an estimated  90,000 skilled tradesmen and IT specialists needed to keep up with the economy. I propose a scheme whereby schools and local authorities work with tradesmen to identify suitable candidates for apprenticeships. There has been already an uptake in this scheme.

Support Local Businesses: As a Councillor I will work to lower Council Rates. Avoid excessive parking restrictions and support local SMEs through implementing a public procurement process that favours our SMEs.