Local Election Candidate for Ennis

Chris is a law student in the National University of Ireland, Galway. He was President of the debating society in NUIG for the 2016/17 term.  Chris firmly believes that the next generation of Irishmen and Irishwomen must stand up, speak out and be counted in the decisions being made now that will affect their futures.

Chris first became actively involved in politics during the Marriage Equality referendum before joining the Social Democrats. Currently the housing crisis, the mental health crisis plaguing young people particularly, and the governments inaction on climate change are what motivate him.

Chris was born and raised in Ennis, County Clare. He attended school in St. Flannan’s College and was a member of Ennis Rugby Football Club as a teenager.

Chris believes passionately that Irish politics needs an injection of new people and fresh ideas to prepare Ireland for the 21st century. The Social Democrats are the right party for political renewal, economic justice and environmental defence and these are needed more than ever in the world we live in.”

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After years of campaigning for the last Magdalene Laundry building owned by the State to be preserved as a memorial to survivors, Councillor Gary Gannon for Dublin Central for Dublin Central succeeded last night in blocking the sale of the site on Dublin's Seán McDermott Street.

Watch Gary's stirring speech in Dublin City Council chamber calling on his fellow councillors to support his motion to block the sale of the site to a hotel chain.
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7 days ago

Chris Kirwan for Clare County Council

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On Tuesday, masked men forcibly removed activists from their occupation of hoarded, vacant properties. Gardaí then pepper sprayed and arrested these Citizen-Activists.

10% rise in rents in Clare alone, 100, 000+ on social housing waiting lists, 10, 000 homeless nationwide and in the last year child homelessness has increased by 35%. #TakeBackTheCity

We need bold action and fresh ideas to solve this crisis that is damaging lives and threatening our economy.

Instead of state power being used to house the citizens of Ireland, it is being used to pepper spay and arrest protesters standing up against injustice.

The Government and local councils must take concrete action and build social and affordable housing. County councils can zone land for homes, can build social housing and reduce rent pressures - I would make this a top priority if elected to local government.
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On Tuesday, masked men forcibly removed activists from their occupation of hoarded, vacant properties. Gardaí then pepper sprayed and arrested these Citizen-Activists.

10% rise in rents in Clare alone, 100, 000+ on social housing waiting lists, 10, 000 homeless nationwide and in the last year child homelessness has increased by 35%. #TakeBackTheCity

We need bold action and fresh ideas to solve this crisis that is damaging lives and threatening our economy.

Instead of state power being used to house the citizens of Ireland, it is being used to pepper spay and arrest protesters standing up against injustice.

The Government and local councils must take concrete action and build social and affordable housing. County councils can zone land for homes, can build social housing and reduce rent pressures - I would make this a top priority if elected to local government.

 

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Chris Gormley Christopher Cassidy Seanie Moloney Eugene Gormley Patrick Moloney Patrick O'Connell .... missing home ? Banks and crooked politicians running and ruining this country .

JaysusAlan Murphy we were just talking bout you...Brian Woods wouldnt let me buy a red hat over you 😌😂

You've enough red hat's .. shitty utd ones 🤥🤓🤔

Tell Woodie I like the jets shirt no.4 😉 .. J-E-T-S jets jets jets !

998 houses for sale in Clare V 57 to rent..... Something is wrong somewhere....

Guard's in this country are bullies & cowards

Natasha Whelan

forget about the gaurds in this country they are as corrupt as the people who sit on every council the lenght and breath of ireland and more corrupt is the shits that run this country 10,000 people di not go homeless over night ok and people who are claiming or going to use homelessness to futher their p,c to move up the ladder sorry i have become very weary of people claiming to do something about me thinks if what happened in the last few night in dublin to hight light the situation the total homeless situation would be swept under the carpet and would reach 20,000 it is time to fight back take ireland back and take down the people who are behind all of this stop voting for greedy coperate governments time to look at their spending and i mean their wages bonuses and pensions bring back wealth tax undo the eviction law signed by the muppet in the aras also burn the bond holders and stop protecting the banks take all un used property and turn them into homes so much could be done but is not being done it people power time for the working class and the poor people

Grace Bardon

you are breaking the law ,,someone elses property ,,and u break in and vandalise and use as sqat,,,get out !!!

😂😂😂 Another one bullshit talker, always the same shit after winning. If you're the one , prove and Rent a house for a homeless family from your own pocket and prove. Lier

breaking the law really and what does our government do on a daily basis look at joan burton how many laws did she break when she reduced the age on children for parents to collect lone parents seven years old forcing mothers and fathers out to work and also creating more poverty for many of them what law did she break article 41 1 and 2 of our constitution and now leo whats it taken out so there will be no come back for them who holds them accountable we need to name and shame remember the popes visit no homeless person was allowed to sleep on the streets given a bed but denied food because all food charties were not allowed on the streets to hand out food on saturday night in dublin

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1 week ago

Chris Kirwan for Clare County Council

I welcome the cancellation of President Trumps visit to Ireland, and to Clare particularly.

President Trump does not view the world the way we do in this country. Citizens have a duty to speak out against that which they oppose in the world and he is the opposite of what the Social Democrats are about. We will fight corruption, we will fight for a tolerant, secular republic, and we will work for a fairer, more sustainable economy.

Yes his hotel and golf course provide employment in our county but some things are more important than money.

While I accept that diplomacy requires some uncomfortable bedfellows - the Trump administration is irredeemably corrupt, itelf breaches normal diplomatic protocol, defies normal standards of personal behaviour, flagrantly flouts the rule of law that we all accept as the pillar of liberal democracy and is the embodiment of a crass, ignorant and xenophobic worldview that instinctively bends the knee to the worst elements of american politics and business.
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well i live by the saying clean up our own door step before we clean up anyone elses and we only have to look at what is going on in ireland to go no further then our own borders sorry but are we blind in this country

Thanks to the Clare Echo and good on Eoin Neylon for learning about my candidacy within 24 hours 😂 ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks to the Clare Echo and good on Eoin Neylon for learning about my candidacy within 24 hours 😂

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If men in balaclavas evicting people from tenement dwellings doesn't angry up your blood, you're missing this whole being Irish thing.

#TakeBacktheCity

10,000 homeless, national rent increases of 10%.
Masked men evicted activists occupying hoarded properties. Gardai pepper sprayed and arrested them.

#TakeBackTheCity

Absolutely shocked and taken aback by the video and pictures coming through from the eviction of the #takebackthecity occupation. Sincerely hope everyone is ok.

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