DAVID McCarthy, a Cork based communications consultant has announced that he will stand as an independent at the next general election.
McCarthy has worked in the past on election campaigns for Kathy Sinnott, Fine Gael and Séan Kelly MEP and has recently been working on the “Norris For President” campaign, he is standing on a platform of political and public service reform, details of which are on his new campaign website www.votedavidmccarthy.com
McCarthy’s political reforms includes to a list system for Dáil elections and a drop in numbers to 101 TDs as well as an innovative idea for streamlined and strengthened Regional Authorities with directly elected Mayors who will also make up the new Seanad.
Discussing his reasons for running McCarthy said, “I feel very strongly that this new Dáil will offer a real opportunity for change to our political and societal structures. People are rightly angry and are looking for alternatives to the existing political class. I believe that in the absence of a strong opposition and in the absence of any real will to change the system, the public deserve the opportunity to vote for people who will enter politics to make the necessary and much needed changes not because it is populist but because it is the right thing to do. I have drawn up a detailed set of policies covering political and public service reform as well as reforms in the areas of healthcare and crime that I think people will find interesting. They may not agree with all of them but that is the beauty of democracy.”
He continued, “It is time to break the ties between local issues and national governance. We need to strengthen local authorities to allow them to carry out their work effectively and we need to keep our legislators focussed on the national agenda. This next period in our history will be our most important. My parents worked hard through the last recession to ensure I had a better future. Now, it is my turn to ensure my son does not grow up bearing the weight of current mistakes. Real decisions need to be made at the ballot box this time and that is why I am asking other like-minded people to stand up and be counted. It is time for us to reclaim our democracy and our society so that we can rebuild both and ensure a prosperous future for our children.”
Concluding, he said, “I realise this will be a very difficult task. Running a campaign in itself is a challenge, winning a seat is more so. However, I feel there is a very strong feeling for change among the voters and if this campaign can engage them in a meaningful way then we will definitely be in with a shout of taking a seat.
“Cork South-Central is a five seat constituency, and as such is open to an upset. I am asking people to give me their number one vote ahead of other candidates because that is the only way I will have a chance to win a seat and force this much needed debate.”
For more information, visit www.votedavidmccarthy.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.