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General Election Candidate: Simon Harris

Minister of State, Simon Harris, is hoping to retain his seat in his Wicklow constiuency


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This is one in a series of profiles on young General Election candidates for 2016. If you are a candidate and would like to take part, email editor@spunout.ie.

  • Name: Simon Harris
  • Constiuency: Wicklow
  • Party: Fine Gael

In a nutshell, tell us about yourself

I am an effective, proactive & dedicated voice for people throughout Wicklow & East Carlow, addressing local matters and advancing national issues in Government.

If elected, what will your priorities be?

I am determined to continue my work on a number of important projects, initiatives and campaigns and to build on the work he has achieved for Wicklow & East Carlow over the past 5 years. This includes:

  • Enhancing tourism
  • Creating jobs
  • Delivering school building projects
  • Improving public transport
  • Providing high-speed broadband access
  • Building social housing
  • Investing in our water supply & waste water treatment works
  • Delivering Flood Relief Schemes
  • Working with farming community
  • Providing supports to local businesses

In Government, I would aim to:

  • Abolish the USC
  • Reach full employment
  • Reduce the pupil-teacher ratio
  • Make sensible investments in public services & ensure more frontline Gardai, nurses, doctors, other health professionals & teachers
  • Ensuring Ireland signs the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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

As a young person, I understand the hardship which our generation has experienced over the past number of years.

Some of these issues have included:

  • Job prospects after leaving school or college
  • Rates of tax
  • Emigration
  • Public transport
  • Public services
  • Provision of housing/housing supply

If elected, what will you do about these issues?

If elected, I will do all in my power to address the issues affecting young people in Ireland today and ensure that this generation benefits from a recovering economy.

This will include:

  • Reaching full employment & bringing 70,000 of our emigrants home
  • Abolishing the USC
  • Tax equalisation for the self-employed
  • Sensible investments in public services & ensure more frontline Gardai, nurses, doctors, other health professionals & teachers
  • Delivering affordable childcare
  • Investing in vital infrastructure - broadband, water & sewerage services & our road network
  • Improving public transport - through an ambitious capital plan
  • Ensuring Ireland signs the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

What message have you for young voters?

Without a doubt we have endured a difficult period in this country. Thankfully, due to the hard work of Irish people and the policies pursued, we are in a period of recovery and we must now ensure that we keep the recovery going.

Firstly, it is of paramount importance that as a young person, you exercise your democratic right and civic responsibility by casting your vote in the General Election on 26th February.

If less tax, more work, welcoming friends home from abroad and increased investment in public services sounds good to you, then consider voting for me as a young voice for people of Wicklow & East Carlow.

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Published February 12th, 2016
Last updated February 16th, 2016
Tags ge16profile general election politics
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