Dearey offers something different for the constituency

MARK Dearey believes he offers something different than all other candidates in this constituency heading into the next General Election.

MARK Dearey believes he offers something different than all other candidates in this constituency heading into the next General Election.

While issues such as cross border trade, getting the country back on track and improving tourism in the region are all amongst his priorities, he feels it is his environmental background that helps him stand out from the rest of the field.

The local publican sees a huge future for the town of Dundalk in the renewable energy trade and he feels taking advantage of this core future area could be vital to revitalising both the local and national economy.

"Dundalk is increasingly identified with the green economy and given our tradition as an industrial town we have it in our marrow. Given the demands of the new economy, I think we are brilliantly placed to take advantage of any future investment in this area.

"The CBI climate summit said recently that the global market by 2015 would be p5 trillion and if we could even get a small sliver of that over here then it would transform the local economy.

"We already have the makings of a renewable energy hub here and I have made representations on the potential for wind turbines in Dundalk Bay. We've also got Open Hydro in the north of the county which, in my opinion, provides the best tidal turbines in the world.

"It is fantastic when you can genuinely say that the environment and the economy can work together and they've already been generating jobs in Dundalk."

Senator Dearey said that the country was too reliant on importing its energy but predicted that the future economy would be "driven increasingly by renewables" which he said the country was well endowed with. He even suggested that renewable energy could be one of Ireland's biggest exports in the years to come.

"In the future we will be energy exporters and there will be loads of room for various SMEs in that sector."

Senator Dearey, who has been a public representative for the area since 2004, also said that reaction on the doorsteps to him had been mixed.

"The reaction on the doorsteps has ranged from very, very positive to very negative. They are the two extremes but generally people are quite polite and a lot of people want to talk," he said.