I will stand for election: right-to-die widower Tom Curran
Published 22/02/2014 | 02:30
Right-to-die campaigner Tom Curran has confirmed he will contest this summer's local elections as an Independent candidate.
The Co Wicklow man unveiled his plans two months after the death of his partner Marie Fleming, who had lost a landmark case to have the law on assisted suicide changed.
Mr Curran (65) told how he had taken an active role in community politics in the past. "Now that I have plenty of time on my hands I want to get back," he said.
"South Wicklow is largely ignored I feel and it needs strong representation," said Mr Curran, who had cared for his partner Ms Fleming, who suffered from multiple sclerosis, and also advocated for the Carers Association in recent years.
The issue of assisted suicide in the State will not be part of his campaign platform yet it will continue to be an area in which he will work.
Mr Curran told the Irish Independent the areas he would be targeting would include health, respite and palliative care.
"Also jobs, as it [south Wicklow] has been devastated, particularly around the Arklow area," he said.
"It needs something done to revive it. I do feel I've learnt a lot in the years I've been campaigning on Marie's cause and the Carers Association."
Mr Curran will be aided by Wicklow Independent TD Stephen Donnelly when he stands for election.
"The combination of a good strong councillor not afraid to work on social issues and a TD with a similar outlook could be a great combination," he said.
"It is local politics. It is the things that matter to people in south Wicklow."