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Friday 24 October 2014

High hopes for People Before Profit at Castleisland launch

DÓNAL NOLAN

Published 19/12/2012 | 21:02

At the launch of the Castleisland branch of the People Before Profit Party at The Crown Hotel on Friday night were from left: Frank Kevins, Currans; Brian Finucane, Ballylongford and Patrick O'Leary, Glounthane. Photo: John Reidy

NEW political party People Before Profit launched a branch in Castleisland this week amid calls for a completely overhaul of the manner in which local government is carried out.

About 40 people attended the launch at the River Island Hotel on Friday, where Munster party leader Jim O'Connell addressed them.

Local People Before Profit member Brian Finucane - who plans to run for the County Council in 2014 - said that the main message his party took from the night is that people are eager for change.

"The reaction was very militant to be honest, people are peed off and are delighted to have a new outlet to voice their concerns through. I think people are peed off with local councillors and TDs and what they want now is change, that came through very clearly in Castleisland on Friday," Mr Finucane said.

The party is now calling for 'direct democracy', a reform of local government they say would give more power back to the ordinary people. "I'm going for the council in 2014 and what we are working on towards that is the idea of direct democracy.

"It would give a much greater structure to meaningful, ongoing dialogue with the electorate throughout a representative's career. As I councillor I would be working directly for the people and we would meet with them once a month where I would tell them what happened at council and ask them what they would want me to speak about."

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