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General Election Candidate: Claire Kerrane

This Sinn Fein candidate is hoping to win a seat in Roscommon Galway


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Name: Claire Kerrane
Constituency: Roscommon/Galway
Party: Sinn Fein

In a nutshell, tell us about yourself. 

23 years old. From Tibohine in West Roscommon. Masters of Education student at NUI Galway. Previously worked with Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan MEP.

If elected, what will your priorities be? 

  • Voting rights for the Diaspora
  • Create 250,000 new jobs
  • Increase the minimum wage and enhance workers’ rights
  • Tackle the prevalence of low paid and precarious employment
  • Shut down JobBridge and Gateway
  • Prioritise mental health services with a particular emphasis on suicide prevention
  • Provide 100,000 new social and affordable houses
  • Introduce rent certainty and enhance tenants’ rights
  • Abolish third-level fees
  • Overhaul equality legislation to enhance the rights of LGBT citizens
  • Initiate a major overhaul of disability services
  • Provide a range of supports for young entrepreneurs

What do you think are the issues that most affect young people in Ireland today?

  • The price of third-level fees (especially the removal of the grant for Postgraduate courses)
  • The lack of jobs and opportunity for young people and graduates and the job schemes in place which are not proper jobs nor do they become proper jobs in most cases
  • The lack of conversation about mental health and suicide in this country
  • The number of young people who have been forced to emigrate (my group of friends all live in London)
  • The lack of supports available for young people who want to start up their own business
  • For returning emigrants it is not just about securing a job but it is about being able to afford to live in Ireland – rent hikes need to be addressed as well as tenants’ rights
  • The availability of broadband in this country as well as transport infrastructure and costs
  • The costs of running a car – motor tax and insurance are very high especially, if you have an older car (my motor tax is over 800 euro)

If elected, what will you do about these issues?

  • Voting rights for the Diaspora and lower the voting age to give young people an enhanced voice
  • Create 250,000 new jobs providing new opportunities to young people, graduates and returning emigrants
  • Increase the minimum wage, enhance workers’ rights and tackle the prevalence of low paid and precarious employment
  • Provide proper internship schemes by shutting down JobBridge and Gateway, and enhancing JobsPlus and Community Employment Schemes
  • Prioritise and resource  mental health services – providing a 35 million euro budget increase, with a particular emphasis on suicide prevention
  • Provide 100,000 new social and affordable houses – reducing house prices to allow young people to buy a home.
  • Introduce rent certainty and enhance tenants’ rights
  • Abolish third-level fees
  • Overhaul equality legislation to enhance the rights of LGBT citizens, regionalise transgender services and initiate a National Action Plan Against Racism.
  • Initiate a major overhaul of disability services – enhance the quality and fair treatment for young people with disabilities
  • Provide a range of supports for young entrepreneurs, including an extension of Startup relief and a national e-Commerce strategy

What message have you for young voters? 

Please get out and vote. This is our first opportunity to elect a government not dominated by Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael, those who crashed our economy and those who decided that young people were a burden that Ireland did not need. We must all use our vote to build a new society and a better society. Through investment in housing, health, job creation and social welfare, Sinn Féin will build an Ireland fit for our emigrants to return to.

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Published February 18th, 2016
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