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Paul Gogarty
Paul Gogarty
Independent
Party 6


Incumbent : No

Main message to voters:

An Independent Alliance of TDs holding the balance of power would enhance our democratic system. Government stability would be provided on final budgetary votes, with other legislation decided without a whip on a case by case basis. This has worked in Australia and at local level in Ireland.

Election history:

TD (Dublin Mid West Constituency) 2002-2007 and 2007-2011. Former Chair, Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills. Councillor, South Dublin County Council (Lucan/Palmerstown Electoral Area) 1999-2002 and 2014 to date. Member of Joint Policing Forum and Regional Health Forum.

Priorities:

  1. Fairness: With finances still tight, available resources need to be allocated fairly and effectively to the services and people that need them most.
  2. Democratic reform: The Dáil has become a rubber-stamping chamber. We need real debate and decisions that balance leadership with consultation.
  3. Unlike many TDs, I achieved something tangible in protecting investment in education at a time of massive cutbacks. This remains a personal priority.