As a Councillor and a TD Paul Gogarty has built up a great record on local issues. TDs can and should deal with local matters, either through the Dáil or via the statutory link that remains for them to liaise with the local Council. Their official role according to the Oireachtas is to “represent their electorate within their constituencies and provide an essential democratic link between constituents”.
That said, Paul Gogarty believes that TDs best serve their constituents as national legislators, seeking to maximise the common good through changes in the law and its implementation.
For example, while Paul did great work on local schools in the constituency, his key objective as a TD remained the education system as a whole.This was shown by his achievement in getting education cuts reversed and the well-received policy document “50 Steps To A Better Education System”. He has raised many other national issues, including TDs’ pay, abuse in institutions, rights of way, mental health, crime prevention, arts and music policy/funding, transport, sports policy and facilities, foreign policy, the banking crisis, political corruption, motor insurance for young drivers, good planning, homelessness and housing.