General Election Candidate: Paul Hand
This independent candidate for Dublin South Central has a strong community focus
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- Name: Paul Hand
- Constiuency: Dublin South Central
- Party: Independent
In a nutshell, tell us about yourself
I am an Independent member of Dublin City Council, elected for the Ballyfermot Drimnagh ward in 2014. I would call my politics left with a strong community focus.
If elected, what will your priorities be?
Proposing solutions to solve the housing crisis, implementation of a living wage, rent controls, abolition of water charges, promoting educational choice for parents. I would not be a single issue campaigner.
What do you think are the issues that most affect young people in Ireland today?
There are too many to mention. But precarious work and the lack of a well paid job would be one. Affordability of rents and housing would be a huge one. Youth mental health would be another. Being priced out of education another.
If elected, what will you do about these issues?
Campaign for a living wage, the introduction of rent controls, an increase in social and affordable housing, campaign for an educational system based upon academic merit and not on income, promote clean living and exercise to assist with mental health and greater investment in mental health services.
What message have you for young voters?
Young voters are not the future. We're the present. In the Scottish Independence and Marriage Equality referendum we made the difference. Make the difference again and get out and vote.