Candidate for Dublin Central

Gary is the SocDems party spokesperson on Education Equality and Access.

Gary graduated from Trinity College in 2012 with an Honours degree in History & Political Science and remains a proud and committed Ambassador for the Trinity Access Programme.

Gary was elected in 2014 to represent the people of Dublin’s North Inner City at Dublin City Council. Prior to becoming a councillor, Gary worked as a Career Guidance Advocate for Early School Leavers in the North Inner City, and briefly trained to be a plumber.

Gary is a fundamental believer in educational equality and continues to be a committed campaigner for educational access regardless of a person’s socio-economic background.

Born in Dublin’s north inner city, Gary is a member of Dublin City Council’s Economic and Enterprise Development, Housing and Arts and Culture SPC’s.

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“I believe that an education system that is equal and provides an opportunity for everyone is the minimum that we should be affording our citizens.”

“I believe that an education system that is equal and provides an opportunity for everyone is the minimum that we should be affording our citizens.”

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Gary joined the SocDems because of the calibre of our two co-leaders and to focus on two of the areas he is most passionate about: education and the arts.

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It takes an immense distrust in society to believe that “those who can pay”, wouldn’t. Making this distrust the sole reason for throwing those who genuinely can’t pay to the wolves.

For Paschal and Fine Gael- no number of evictions is too high a price to ensure that a small number don’t get something for nothing.

Vultures must be fed. Share holders paid and poverty monetised. Who benefits?
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FG is too close to capital, including investors in real estate.

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The going rates for rental properties are totally out of whack with many people’s incomes. Rent pressure zones aren't the solution to this crisis - we need an emergency rent freeze. ... See MoreSee Less

Hey folks,

Particularly aimed at my friends in the Inner City\ Dublin Central- We once again had the lowest voter turnout in an election: I’d really like to understand that a little more.

I have several elections coming up in the next year- both for myself, and people I value as candidates.

Is there something I can do to improve turnout regardless of who you might vote for afterwards?

I’d really like to understand why you feel turnout is low in Dublin Central?
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Hey folks,Particularly aimed at my friends in the Inner City\ Dublin Central- We once again had the lowest voter turnout in an election: I’d really like to understand that a little more.I have several elections coming up in the next year- both for myself, and people I value as candidates.Is there something I can do to improve turnout regardless of who you might vote for afterwards?I’d really like to understand why you feel turnout is low in Dublin Central?

 

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Huge numbers in rental accommodation means higher mobility of electorate and that could mean your register is more inaccurate than other constituencies. Massively inaccurate register pervades entire country but you'd expect it to be higher in more densely populated urban areas like yours. Get Dublin city council to clean up the register and then you can assess if the problem is as big as you think. 😉

Gary, before the last General Election, LYCS carried out a voter education programme with the aim of getting more people to register to vote. It was not to influence people on how they vote. We got over 600 new local people to register through going out to meet people and setting up training programmes throughout the community. Once people understood the fact that those who vote have a say in deciding who is in power they were more keen to register. It’s a time consuming process. One-to-one and face-to-face work needed. If we had the resources we’d do it all again before there is another election.

People in the inner city don't believe any politician has their interest at heart, not since Tony Gregory. RIP. You just have to look at the neglect of the north inner city by political parties. Only when you live or work there or care about the people that live there is it evident that it is the most deprived area of the city.

How will this election impact the people living here? We went from many being politically ignorant before the bust to us needing to be all politically literate because of the financial collapse. Then we talked and talked and eventually acted through protest after protest. And vote after vote. And revelation after revelation. The public is politically exhausted and we must ask then what impact has the role of the president had on changing any of that which remains broken. Zero. So people stood this one out and I can't blame them. I'll always vote but this one felt almost silly as the alternatives were farcical. A waste of tax payers money.

Not a local issue per se, but I'd like to see early voting and postal voting options rolled out here. Give people as many opportunities to vote as possible, and make it all as easy as possible.

We did it also and it is impowering for those who take part

You can never change some people, however, the office of President is currently being undermined by all these "Celebrity" candidates from Dragons Den, who's only interests are self serving, to promote themselves in the United States and beyond. The last 2 presidential elections were like voting on reality TV. Sob stories, scandals and blatant racism. With regards to Blasphemy, not enough was publicised about this, so it was never going to get people to the polling stations. Its only going to get worse, while Donald Trump shock tactics are going to take over politics. Can hard work and integrity get you votes going forward? Or do you have to attack the Travelling Community, Rough Sleepers, LGBT Community to garner support? Apologies for the rant.....

Honestly Gary I did vote, I have never not used my vote but this time I nearly didn’t. The whole presidential race was a farce from start to finish. County councils abstaining from nominating anyone and councils in rural areas holding their nomination process on the same day at the same time ensuring candidates couldn’t possibly make it to all of them due to distance. Deliberately denying voters a real choice. Then the televised debates were a joke, grown adults acting like a pack of school kids. Then there is the voting process itself. The polling stations don’t even ask for ID anymore. Isn’t everyone supposed to show ID? Here’s a question you might answer for me; why do polling stations only provide pencils for voters to Mark the ballot paper with? Nobody seems to be able to tell me! Then when the polls close the ballot boxes are passed into the protection of An Garda Siochana, a proven and well documented corrupt State Body and held overnight until the count begins the next day! Is it any wonder people don’t bother voting? Then there is Leo.. how dare he tell the electorate who they should and shouldn’t vote for.. I can tell you this much if it wasn’t for Leo I wouldn’t have bothered voting last Friday. I voted for Casey not because of what he said about travellers or about people on welfare, I was on it long enough myself but I voted for him purely to give Leo and FG the middle finger and so did a lot of people I know.. Next time round I’m not so sure I will bother to vote at all..

From what I've been told and observed in my area of Cabra is that people here feel forgotten by the government and Mary Lou. They have lost faith in all politicians bc of empty promises. Marriage equality and repeal were different bc it had nothing to do with any politician. Open to further discussion Gary, if you want to reach out?

Get personating officers in every polling station and have transport on the ready, to collect voters, very detailed canvass needed, see who committed to voting for your cause, call back to them. Loud hailers to the estates! Offer people glasses of whiskey like FF used do! Register prob contains a lot of flaws in that constituency also. Put in a refrigeration drive, check marked register from last GE

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A thought was sparked in my head. The two worst memories I have of my hometown are Talbot St the day of the #DublinMonaghanBombs and #StardustFire. Enormous loss of life in both and in both cases justice denied. What terrible shame to hang over us. #Time4Truth #J4T48

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