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Jane Smith Posts: 3158
Although we are getting our opportunity to change government in the next few weeks I find the choice of candidates out there to be so disheartening. There are 13 running in our constituency for 4 seats and I am struggling at the moment to give preferences past 2. Over half of them are the same faces from previous elections, over half of them are well into their fifties and I would despair if I had to go through their educational background, political experience and their actual capability at representing us. I want someone young, educated, dynamic, well spoken and competent, able to get their point across and most importantly with a vision to work for our country as a whole, not for their local parish. As for most of the Independents to be honest I am sick of them. There are 6 of them I think and from what I can see and hear they only have their own agendas - for example one has an issue with planning permission, another has an issue with a care home for the elderly. Of course all these individual items are important but we are so far past these once offs these people should be embarrassed at their cheek to stand. They are referred to locally as "Mé Féiners"...I don't know if that phrase extends across the country. If our constituency is a representation of others around Ireland, is it any wonder our election of governments has become like groundhog day? From the 4 outgoing TD's here, one has retired and I honestly think the other 3 will get elected again. The fourth seat will be a toss up between FF and Labour which means there is a good chance we will return the exact same as last time - 2FG and 2 FF. If the retiring outgoing TD was running again, I am 99% certain he would be elected. So realisically, will there be a dramatic change in your area do you think?
Lilica Posts: 755
Our choice is dire, absolutely dire!! I dont want to vote for any of them. We've also had very few leaflets in the door and absolutely no canvassers have called!! Do they not want our votes??!! Ah I'm fed up with the lot of them. If I was younger, I'd be on the first plane out of this country.
Jane Smith Posts: 3158
You just reminded me Lilica about the leaflets....I have had them from 3 candidates only and I live in a very populated area. They came from the 1 Labour candidate and 2 FG. Of the three only one of the FG candidates literature was actually informative to some extent and laid out the policies and suggested solutions for issues such as our health system and Shannon Airport. The other leaftlets basically just told me Vote No. 1. :eek I find this so patronising and insulting to our intelligence. O:| I have had one caller....one of our absolutely useless FF TD's. He called Christmas week. I thought that was pretty inappropriate but others may think it was a good idea to catch people at home. He was the last person I wanted to see at the time anyway when trying to put aside the woes for a few days of cheer.
MrsBraxton Posts: 4662
TBH don't know a whole lot about the people running here. No one has called to door and we got 1 leaflet through the letterbox which didn't say a whole lot. We've 2 FF (both sitting TD's), 2 Labour (1 is a sitting TD), 2 FG (1 sitting TD), 3 IND, 1 Green Party and 1 Sinn Fein. Its a 4 seat constituency. Agree that the issues have gone far beyond wanting a pothole fixed or planning permission sorted/ denied etc (county counsillors job anyway) to one where we need people who are focused on fixing the country as a whole, who has a viable strategy for job creation, who has a long term economic plan (without needing to tax, tax and more tax) and who is committed to ensuring health, education and justice systems are on a par with the rest of the developed world.
keepitsimple Posts: 966
i don't want to vote for anyone in my constituency, have had no callers, 1 leaflet in the post from labour but I don't like the guy - not sure what to do as really want to vote and have a say in the future government but really don't want any of the people in my area in - ah well what's new in politics I suppose O:|
Rogue User Posts: 6101
I think we've a good selection where i am. I am going with Clare Daly for no 1, I always do. I think she's great, she does a lot of work both locally and nationally. I really believe the socialist party deserve a more attention than they get, JOe HIggins really knows what its like for the most vulnerable people on low wages, being let go etc. He is in this to do the right thing not for the power or the money. I will prob vote James Reilly number 2, even though I don't usually vote FF or FG anywhere near the top. But he is a great candidate and has a great plan for the health care system and as a retired GP has some idea of what he's talking about. I will prob for LAbour next and as always FF at the very bottom. I never voted for those ba$tards and never will.
keepitsimple Posts: 966
[quote:1k5i3lkn]and as always FF at the very bottom. I never voted for those ba$tards and never will. [/quote:1k5i3lkn] you do know that is you give FF a vote even if it is at the very bottom you are still giving them a vote - best to leave them off and not vote for them at all if you don't want to give them a vote!
Rogue User Posts: 6101
[quote="keepitsimple":19rhhlsi][quote:19rhhlsi]and as always FF at the very bottom. I never voted for those ba$tards and never will. [/quote:19rhhlsi] you do know that is you give FF a vote even if it is at the very bottom you are still giving them a vote - best to leave them off and not vote for them at all if you don't want to give them a vote![/quote:19rhhlsi] I know that - that's what I meant. Thanks!
moanna Posts: 1081
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