General Election Candidate: Lorna Bogue
Lorna is a Green Party candidate for Cork South Central
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- Name: Lorna Bogue
- Constiuency: Cork South Central
- Party: Green Party
In a nutshell, tell us about yourself
I’m 24. I have a degree in Irish Music and Dance from UL. After college, I moved to Cork for work, during which time I joined the Green Party. I was chair of Young Greens for a year and now I’m running for the general election
If elected, what will your priorities be?
- For me personally, I’d like to see the repeal of the 8th amendment. I’d like to see a referendum held immediately for that.
- I would like to see an end to Direct Provision.
- As a Green Party member, hitting targets around climate change are really important.
- There is also a lot of legislation for housing that needs to be put back in place.
What do you think are the issues that most affect young people in Ireland today?
Pay is a massive issue for young people. The fact that you’re discriminated against in terms of social welfare but also if you go into certain professions you’re going to get less money because of your age, those are massive issue for us.
Jobbridge and Repeal the 8th are also really important youth issues.
If elected, what will you do about those issues?
I’d like to see Jobbridge done away with or properly regulated. There needs to be regulation of internships schemes - the regulation we have at the moment is not strong enough. People are being exploited. It’s ridiculous that places like Subway are looking for a ‘Sandwich Artist’ to work for €150 a week.
I would also support an end of discrimination in social welfare. If you’re under 25 or 26, you cannot be expected to live on €100 a week.
What message would you have for young voters?
Be tactical with your vote. Try to avoid voting for the larger parties like Fianna Fail or Fine Gael. They’ve been in charge of the country for the last 70 years and they do not particularly care about youth issues.
If you can get involved in some of the campaigns, do it. It’s not just about voting - young people should be running as well.