Sunday 11 December 2016

I sit in the cold, with 40c in my purse, and wait for the candidates to come knocking

A single mother - who lives 15 minutes from Taoiseach Enda Kenny and wishes to remain anonymous - writes an open letter highlighting the ways the Government has failed her and her son

Published 18/02/2016 | 02:30

'I’ll then ask them to explain to me how the slogan ‘Let’s Keep the Recovery Going’ is justifiable when the people on the ground in the Taoiseach’s own constituency are being denied access to basic health recovery'. Photo: PA
'I’ll then ask them to explain to me how the slogan ‘Let’s Keep the Recovery Going’ is justifiable when the people on the ground in the Taoiseach’s own constituency are being denied access to basic health recovery'. Photo: PA

There are eight days to go until voting day in the General Election, in which I will cast my vote in the Mayo constituency, where the Taoiseach of our country lives less than 15 minutes away from me.

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As I type this, I am wearing gloves, earmuffs and a scarf inside my house, waiting for the first candidate to knock on my door to try to win my vote. I have yet to meet any politician at my door.

I have maybe four teabags in my cupboard and no coffee, so I hope if someone comes, they will be content to drink tap water while I show them how the tagline 'Let's Keep the Recovery Going' is simply a fantasy for those living on the poverty line.

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