Name: Peter Kavanagh
Preferred pronouns: he/him
Political Party: Green Party/Comhaontas Glas
Constituency: Dublin Mid West
Candidate’s stance on the issues that matter most to young people
This is the greatest emergency humanity has ever faced. We need ambition in climate action, now more than ever. The Green Party has been fighting climate change for more than 35 years, and we hope to implement the kind of policies that can see Ireland achieve carbon-neutrality and improve quality of life for all.
We need to enable and empower local authorities to build public housing on public land. Stopgap solutions like HAP are having a deleterious effect on the overall housing situation. We need an ambitious programme of public housing now.
Mental Health Services
Underinvestment in community mental health services is killing people. We need to ensure that every positive message of “Talk to someone” is met with a reliable listening service. Our young people need to know we value their mental health.
Education Funding, including Third-level Fees
When I was in college, I paid €550 in registration fees. Today, it’s almost 7 times that figure. Add in the cost of rent and cost of living, and you can see that 3rd level education is once again becoming the preserve of the wealthy. This is unacceptable. Education is a right, not a privilege.
Funding for Youth Work
My background is in the community and voluntary sector. We need to make sure that the supposed economic recovery is felt in disadvantaged areas and youth and community work is the best way to do this.
It needs to end. People who come to this country to flee war or oppressive regimes, or even to start a new life, need to be given the right to work and be welcomed into our society.
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