Meet The Candidates – Sligo / Leitrim General Election

After our very well received set of interviews with General Election candidates we had requests to feature more of them so we reached out again to the remaining ten potential TD’s and we got positive responses from six of those which we bring to you today.

In today’s show you will hear from Cllr Declan Bree (Independent), James Conway (Independent), Deputy Marc MacSharry (Fianna Fail), Bernie O’Hara (Independent), Thomas Walsh (Fine Gael) & Sean Wynne (Independent) who are all seeking your vote on Saturday, 8th February.

“It’s morally unjust and unfair to tax a person’s home. I gave a commitment … that I would vote at council level against Property Tax.” says Councillor Declan Bree of the recently increased Local Property Tax which is the biggest issue he’s hearing on the doorstep.

“If your ideas are good enough they will get attention and get people talking.” Independent candidate James Conway speaks about the exposure he garnered with a viral video about the Apple tax bill and the progression of his political ambitions over the last four years.

“The leadership of many organisations have let them down, there was a culture of flamboyance … at the expense of the governance and administration of the sport itself.” Fianna Fail’s Marc MacSharry speaks about the scandals over the last 4 years with the Olympic Council of Ireland and the Football Association.

“Businesses set up shop in areas where there is good hospitals, good schools, good social activities. … By investing in these things, it would be money that would be returned one hundred fold, we’re losing money by not investing.” says Independent second time candidate Bernie O’Hara about the lack of investment into the rural areas in the North West of Ireland.

“I come from that decade where many of my friends left the country because of the boom or bust days of previous governments. So many of my friends had to emigrate … we don’t want to go back to that decade.” says Sligo Cllr Thomas Walsh, a first time Fine Gael candidate looking at the economy of the area and looking for a rebalancing.

Finally our last guest on the show, Independent candidate Sean Wynne speaks about the cost of sewage as an issue for one off planning permission in County Leitrim. “Even if a couple got planning permission, they would be the Bord na Mona system which costs approx €60, up the road in Longford it costs €12,500.”

This brings to a close our 2020 General Election coverage. A fantastic thank you to each of the fifteen candidates who made themselves available to talk to their Leitrim voters via our podcast. Thanks also to Paschal Mooney who gave such a fantastic analysis of each candidate and the outlook for each of the candidates earlier in the election cycle.

Regardless of what your politics are, I would ask you to please use your vote and exercise your right to vote for our next government.


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