Wexford's Kelly sets out his stall for election
LEONARD Kelly, the Social Democrats' General Election candidate for Wexford, said we should expect more from our politicians.
'For too long now our services have been ignored or lip-service paid to them while budgets have been used to buy votes.
'While it is tempting to try and sway people by putting an extra five or 10 euro back in their pocket each month, in reality, by investing in public services you can dramatically lower the cost of living thereby giving people far more back in their pocket on a daily basis than a small tax cut ever could,' said Mr Kelly.
'The current national crisis in housing, the shambles that is our health system, the second highest primary school class sizes in Europe and a childcare system that sees many parents paying out the equivalent a second mortgage on childcare fees all ensure that people's disposable income is used to fund basic living necessities - making their income far less disposable.'
Mr Kelly said he believed we need long-term planning that is aimed at delivering an Ireland where high quality public services and a vibrant society go hand-in-hand with a thriving economy.
'It means working with and supporting those in enterprise, so that they can build many more successful local businesses.
'However, nobody has ever been raised, educated, nurtured or cared for by an economy alone. An inclusive, fair and just society in which dignity, respect and equality for our citizens is paramount, must be the end towards which we as a nation strive,' he said, adding that he committed himself to that standard.
During his recent campaign launch he said his priorities for Wexford include in the areas of Education (Free Primary Education, a new CoEd Secondary School, University Status for South East), Health (Incentives for Young Rural GPs Investment in Mental Health Services) Business (Changes to Business Rate Regime, Tax Credit for self employed).
Mr Kelly has a website leonardkelly.ie, and can be followed on Facebook LeonardKellyforWexford