Name: Ronan Maher
Preferred pronouns: he/him
Political Party: Green Party
Constituency: Kildare South
Candidate’s stance on the issues that matter most to young people:
This is the biggest challenge facing humanity right now, possibly ever. We need to take many decisive actions to solve it. Among them are: Decarbonising our energy sector, investing in public transport to get people out of private cars and reforesting Ireland.
We need to drastically increase the amount of homes we have in Ireland. We must use state owned land to start building Cost Rental accommodation that is affordable to everyone and ensure everyone has a roof over their heads.
Mental Health Services
Mental Health services need a major overhaul and fully integrated into our health system. You should be able to get an appointment with a Mental Health Professional at a days’ notice at no cost and not have to wait long periods or pay extortionate prices for it.
Education Funding, including Third-level Fees
Third level fees need to come down. It makes college unaffordable for many students particularly when you combine that with costs of living like rent and transport. In order to fund Third Level properly we need to make sure the biggest companies, who reap a huge benefit from having so many well educated workers in Ireland, fair their fare share.
Funding for Youth Work
Local Authorities should be empowered to raise more revenue and direct that revenue to supporting youth work. Youth work has a massive positive effect on local communities and local authorities should have the ability to properly fund such activities.
Direct Provision’s time is up. It is no longer fit for purpose and unfair on the people trapped within it. We do need to have a comprehensive review of how Ireland handles people fleeing from oppression and ensure they are treated fairly and compassionately.
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