Meet the Candidates: Eoin Daly, Green Party, Dundalk/Carlingford
Why have you decided to run in the local elections?
This area been my home, and my family instilled a strong sense of pride, caring and community growing up. My parents both worked hard for people with special needs; with homeless charities; in women’s rights advocacy; mental health awareness and various other community organisations. So I've always had it in me to serve! But most recently in my career as an engineer I've seen many decisions being put off for one reason or another or projects that could have been done better with the right person in the driving seat. Nowhere is this more evident than with the issues around climate change and biodiversity loss. I'm really putting myself forward to be someone who can help solve these issues in a practical way.
Why should people vote for you?
In short: because I've seen many of the issues we face today first hand. In 2010, like so many, I found myself with a decision to make between emigration to find work or staying in Ireland. I decided to stay and retrained as a Mechanical Engineer in DkIT. My life before 2010 was very much grounded in the arts and I worked for many years in theatres around the country. I think this gives me good insight into the many facets of life in modern Ireland; I have seen our artistic creativity at its best and the strong technical ability that we need for the 21st century in our people. I really believe that working together we can solve many of the problems we face and will work to the best of my ability to facilitate this.
What do you think is lacking in your area and what will you be campaigning for?
There simply aren't enough Gardai on the streets in our area, we really need to do more. This is evidenced all over the county with thefts from homes and yards, anti-social behaviour related to drinking and a serious problem with enforcement in relation to speed on our roads. We've seen this recently with the many accidents on our roads and some of the feedback is related to people walking our streets without worrying about getting mowed down! The Gardai can only do so much and it's up to us as representatives to ensure they have the resources. In terms of the environment, I think we live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Our mountains, rivers and beaches are something to be proud of and I will work with other representatives and groups to maintain these. This is about more than just the benefits it brings in tourism, but it's about our stewardship of the environment and can go some way to maintaining biodiversity. I also feel strongly that emergency medical services need to be brought back to the north of the county. The Louth Hospital needs the resources to be a fully functioning emergency department to ease the stresses in the Lourdes and to stop people being transported up and down the M1 in ambulances. We also need to do more in relation to mental health services, particular our CAMS services. I feel strongly that our mental health is as important as our physical well being and I will work to bring these resources to the area.