I have consulted extensively with those at the front line of delivery of healthcare, as well as the most vulnerable in our society who depend on a quality healthcare system. There is an urgent need for radical change. We must: Reverse the catalogue of bed closures. There have been 1,672 bed closures throughout the country. […]
Education is an investment in the future and a key element in the recovery of our economy. I will set out my stall to work towards and endeavour to achieve the following: Primary Schools Teacher-to-pupil ratio must be a priority to improve the effectiveness of our children’s education. Curriculum to be reformed to place […]
Increase the powers and remit of the Comptroller and Auditor General to ensure proper control and accountability of the spending of public money. Reform the make-up and remit of Seanad Éireann ensuring that Senators are more broadly representative, and ensure experts in fields of strategic importance are in its make-up. Remove the “crony culture” […]
Establish a fund to assist SME’s – eliminate red tape and make it compulsory for banks to release funds to SME start-ups. Abolish upward rent reviews for SME’s and provide discount on commercial rates for initial start ups. Increase funding to IDA to attract foreign trade – exports. Third level institutions to engage their […]
A long-term, securely funded AEOS. Farmers to get a fairer price in the market for their produce – we need more accountability and balance in the processing trail – from the producer to processor to retailer to consumer. Security of the CAP payment post-2013.