'I want to be able to tell my children that I tried'
WHEN Mary Fitzgibbon looks her children and future grandchildren in the eye she wants to be able to tell them: "I tried."
The 41-year-old mother of four -- whose children range in ages from 17 months to nine years -- says this was her motivation for putting her name forward as in Independent candidate in the election.
The lecturer in nursing and health care studies at the Institute of Technology in Tralee is one of two women working in a health related area who are contesting the election in Kerry North-West Limerick.
Mrs Fitzgibbon says she's not running her campaign from a health platform but as "a member of the paying class who is being hammered".
"I could not live with the regret that we didn't try to do something," she said.
"Some of my colleagues at ITT are far more articulate than I am and probably more able but none of them could take the leap. I hate to be cliched but sometimes we are asked what we can do for our country.
"What this election is about is what's in our pockets that used to be there. I'm back to the wages of 2003. My husband is, in effect, a house husband and what I earn has to do the six of us.
"The international financiers who stood to profit and then handed us crippling debt must be made to pay."
Mrs Fitzgibbon is among four Independents seeking election in the three-seater constituency.
Michael Reidy and Tralee town councillor Sam Locke have also declared. They're up against sitting TDs Jimmy Deenihan (FG), Tom McEllistrim (FF) and Sinn Fein's Martin Ferris.
Labour's Arthur J Spring is also hoping to reclaim the seat once held by his uncle and former tanaiste, Dick Spring.