#GE2020: What candidates say about the big topics in Dublin South West

by Padraig Conlon

Dublin Gazette have reached out to all the confirmed candidates in Dublin South West, who will be campaigning for a spot in the Dáil in General Election 2020. We asked them all the same set of questions, to help inform you about where they stand on just some of the main issues of the day.

Here are the questions asked:

  • Q1 – How would you address the chronic problems that are prevalent in the Health Service?
  • Q2 – How would you address the chronic problems in the housing sector?
  • Q3 – What ways would you address education issues in your area at a Government level?
  • Q4 – What is your stance on Climate Change? How green/accessible is your campaign?
  • Q5 – Do you think Public Transport in your area is sufficient? What changes might you make?
  • Q6 – Why do you think people should vote for you?

Here is what the general election candidates had to say* – the following answers were from those who had responded by our deadline.

Cllr Deirdre O’Donovan, Fianna Fail

Q1 The health system is completely broken and needs to be overhauled, starting with making it a patient-driven system, instead of a ‘client-driven’ system.
Q2 There’s enough public land to build 114,000 social and affordable houses.
Fianna Fail is the only party to deliver them. The SHD planning system is being abused by vulture fund developers at the expensive of homeless families.
Q3 The education system needs to do more to support children with special needs, and give better conditions to our SNAs and school secretaries.
Q4 My campaign car is a fully electric Hyundai Kona, and I am using fully biodegradable stickers. I am also using bus shelter adverts instead of having loads of posters.
Q5 Absolutely not, and that’s why I have kick-started the transport campaign to extend the Luas from Kingswood along the M50 to Ballycullen.
This is the most deliverable and sustainable transport solution for our area.
Q6 I deserve voters’ number-one vote because I always get the job done.

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