Paul’s priorities if elected

I am not making any specific promises to try and get votes and I abhor auction politics. Achieving any broad objectives is a process that will take time and may sometimes be dependent on funding becoming available. However if elected to Dáil Éireann I will once again hit the ground running and be a very positive influence for our community and for the country at large.

As well as responding to specific issues brought to my attention by residents my personal objectives are:

  • To ensure that national revenues are spent cost-effectively, where they are most needed and that those who can pay the most do pay the most

  • To continue to regularly keep in touch with and consult constituents directly on important issues

  • To ensure that national revenues are spent cost-effectively, where they are most needed and that those who can pay the most do pay the most

  • To continue to regularly keep in touch with and consult constituents directly on important issues

  • To push for a guaranteed basic income to replace tax allowances so that those on welfare and low incomes are incentivized to work without being penalized

  • To push for sensible measures that will help to make our country cleaner, greener, more energy-efficient and self-sufficient

  • To work towards making our streets and homes safer by pushing for changes in legislation and resourcing that punish real criminals, offer alternatives for petty crime and tackle the causes of crime. To push for a Garda IT system fit for purpose

  • To work with Council colleagues to keep a careful and responsible watch on planning developments and to ensure housing is always tied in with facilities and infrastructure with developments completed properly

  • To continue my previous focus on school provision/expansion as well as seek new solutions on enrolment to provide a fairer, more cohesive applications system

  • To continue to be an advocate for investment in quality childcare, education and sport

  • To push further for the still undelivered national audit of public and private sports facilities to maximize community usage of facilities based on need

  • To improve existing community facilities and push for new ones, including the completion of the swimming pool and the construction of Adamstown sports and community hall

  • To work with experts to improve the health of the nation, through prevention, targeted investment and applying international best practice

  • To consult with and respond to the specific needs of our younger people, especially in areas such as education, jobs sport and mental health

  • To interact with and focus on the specific needs of the elderly in our community

  • To promote inclusion and equality in all areas, eg age/gender/sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, religious, ethnic or social background

  • To support existing (and help develop new) initiatives at national and local level to promote positive mental health and suicide/self-harm prevention in our communities

  • To push for measures to minimise congestion and improve public transport and cycling/walking options

  • To work towards a robust but humane immigration and asylum policy that cares for those that need it, processes applications faster, ends direct provision, keeps families together and balances rights with responsibilities

  • To actively promote political reform and facilitate greater input by citizens into the democratic process

  • To examine new ways of creating jobs, whether inward investment or indigenous. To help develop entrepreneurship and innovation. To invest targeted capital resources to help incubate and develop new business ideas

  • To identify ways to tackle homelessness and improve housing provision for those who cannot afford a mortgage or current high rents, in a socially inclusive way

I support the general principles outlined by the Right2Change movement and am a signatory of the ‘Charter For Change’ of the Independent Alliance