1. What will you do to restore the cuts to Public Servants’ pay?
Public servants and public services have been abused and undervalued in national debate over the last decade. We cannot build an inclusive and sustainable society unless we restore confidence in the public sector. To achieve this, we need to restore collective bargaining processes which have been undermined. I would argue that low and middle income groups must have priority in restoring pay and that we need to give more scope for middle management to take initiative to tackle the big issues facing Ireland.
2. What are your priorities for investment in public services?
For many decades, Ireland has not valued or invested sufficiently in public services. We have many examples of excellence and innovation in areas of health, transport or education, but their reach is often patchy and inaccessible to many people. Other services such as childcare are woefully underdeveloped. I will argue for the need to close loopholes in both income and corporate tax to give us the revenue to build quality, accessible public services which we can be proud of.
I will use my voice in the Seanad to continue to make the case for concerted action to prevent climate change. This will require massive investment in retrofitting houses and public buildings to make them energy efficient and energy neutral; generating renewable energy at household, community and regional levels; and building smart transport networks and liveable communities.
3. Why should members of the PSEU vote for you?
Public and private sector workers and managers have a common interest in a sustainable, inclusive future. We cannot afford the divisive rhetoric which has set them against each other for the last decade, demonizing the public sector.
Ireland cannot achieve the change which we need to put us at the forefront of the sustainable world economy and build a society worth living in unless we take pride in our public services and public servants and invest in their work.
I can be a voice for this attitude change and policy change.
I have a long record of commitment to the values of sustainable development and social justice and I can bring this honesty and commitment to public life.