McCarthy to run for Social Democrats in Cork North West
Ballincollig barrister motivated by 'fairness and equality'
The Social Democrats in Cork gathered to choose their general election candidates for Cork North Central, Cork South Central and Cork North West at the Selection Convention in the Imperial Hotel on Thursday last, November 30.
The candidates are Sinéad Halpin in Cork North Central, Patricia O'Dwyer in Cork South Central and Ciarán McCarthy in Cork North West. Ciarán McCarthy is a barrister and lecturer based in Ballincollig,
The Social Democrats now have candidates running in 16 constituencies with more to be announced in the coming weeks and months throughout the country.
Commenting on his selection for Cork North West, Ciarán McCarthy said: "Our country is more than the fear and cynicism we're used to. Our society is much more than that, and our message as Social Democrats must reflect these qualities as a positive one.
"We are one of the wealthiest countries in the world and yet the real shame is that the benefits of this society are not shared by all of its members.
"My motivations in getting involved with the Social Democrats are fairness and equality. Caring about the most vulnerable in our society forms the basis of our party. Universal healthcare in our communities, affordable housing, reducing the costs of living, an anti-corruption agency and empowering local business and communities are worth fighting for and why I'm running."
Commenting on her selection, Sinéad Halpin said: "The current government's actions say that "just about coping" is the best they have to offer. These actions tell us that a homeless family can cope being in one room for months or years on end. If you need a termination of pregnancy, you can cope by going on a plane.
"If you are a young working family, you can cope by just managing every month to pay all the bills, childcare and save for a home of your own becoming a distant dream with current house prices. If you are on a healthcare waiting list, you can cope until you can't and then arrive at A&E to cope on a trolley for hours or days or more.
"If you can't afford third level education, you can cope with a PLC course in an area that doesn't suit your interests or abilities.
"Coping should not be the pinnacle of achievement. We have an obligation to help everyone reach their full potential and live a full and healthy life."