Monday 11 December 2017

Mick to stir up local elections

Alison Comyn

A SLANE resident is hoping to stir up the local elections by running with a brand new political party.

A SLANE resident is hoping to stir up the local elections by running with a brand new political party.

Mick Martin will be one of three candidates contesting the May elections under the newly formed Centre Left party. He is hoping their issues will strike a chord with voters who are seeking change.

'We have just collected 100 signatures to start the party, and all the paperwork is gone to the officials,' explains, who is originally from Artane in Dublin. I ran as an Independent candidate in the Meath East by election last year, and also in the General Election in 1981 and the local elections in Dublin in 1979.'

The party's manifesto will take in such issues as social housing and water and property tax charges.

The issues are similar to those focussed on by the Socialist Party, but Mick says there are very clear difference in their policies and beliefs.

'We are proposing that 50,000 properties be built within a year to help with the 100,000 shortage there is, with 25,000 built in the three years following,' he explains. 'It is not unrealistic, as when Jimmy Tully was in power in the 70s, over a four year period, he got 25,000 built each year.'

Mick intends to run in the Meath East local elections with fellow Centre Left candidates John King and Paul Nolan in Dublin.

'The money for the houses would come from not spending €1.08bn on jobs schemes like Jobbridge and Gateway,' he says. 'I'm not saying they need to be scrapped, just concentrate on long-term jobs and sustainability.'

Mick, who is 57 and single, works as an insurance agent, and says he will also concentrate on local issues.

'I will also push for a shuttle train from Navan to Drogheda, stopping at Beaupark and Duleek, as well as a Navan to Drogheda Bus to operate until 11pm, reducing the return adult fare to €5 and €3 for children,' he adds.

'I would also address the traffic chaos in Slane, while awaiting bypass, the N2 Road narrowing between Slane and Colon including a 50k speed limit.

'These measures will encourage HGVs and Commuter traffic to use alternative routes.'

Drogheda Independent

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