Naoise Ó Cearúil
Maynooth based councillor, Naoise Ó Cearúil (29) is to seek the Fianna Fáil nomination to contest May’s European elections in the Midlands North-West Constituency.
Ó Cearúil has been asked by party members to contest the election; “Last week I announced to Fianna Fáil members in Kildare that I was considering putting my name forward. I’ve been approached by members from around the country asking me to put my name forward. I had to think it through properly before announcing my intentions. After careful consideration and consultation with supporters, we believe that my candidacy would bring a new dimension to Fianna Fáil.
“The majority of sitting MEP’s and candidates will claim that they will tackle and address issues that have no place in the European Parliament. They are pulling the wool over the electorate’s eyes. I aim to bring tangible and real results as an MEP.
Most of the political debate at the moment resolves around this Government reacting to controversies created by themselves. They are ignoring the devastation that is coming down the tracks. Climate change is the single biggest issue facing us as a society and the Government is sitting on it’s hands. We are well behind our carbon emissions targets and what’s worse is that those in power don’t seem to care. As an MEP, I will work with European colleagues to find genuine solutions that will make governments take action because frankly our government is asleep at the wheel. We need to strengthen the EU Emissions Trading System for example”
He said his experience as a county councillor means that he wants to make Europe accessible to everyone; “The EU can be seen sometimes as this large bureaucratic organisation. We need to break down bills and directives and explain in normal language what they mean to everybody. We’ve had enough of acronyms and numbers; I will have information campaigns on issues that will affect Irish citizens. Furthermore, if elected, I will move my constituency office around the country to be in tune with local issues in every county. It’s time to bring local issues to Europe and European issues to local communities.
Ó Cearúil finished by saying, “It’s time to shake-up Fianna Fáil, it’s time to put our faith in a new generation and it’s time that we all stand up to Climate Change.”
The Fianna Fáil selection convention for the Midlands North-West has yet to be announced and Ó Cearúil must now lay out his pitch to Fianna Fáil members, starting off at the Ard Fheis in Citywest this weekend.