LIMERICK city Renua candidate Desmond Hayes said that he is “absolutely confident” about next year’s election, following his canvass with party leader TD Lucinda Creighton this week.
During a visit to the Deaf Community Centre on O’Connell Street, the self-employed accountant told the Limerick Leader that he and the local Renua branch want to deliver more jobs to young people, in response to large numbers of people applying for work visas abroad.
He stated that another one of his core policies, if elected to the Dáil in 2016, will be to propose a 23% “flat tax”.
“So there is a tax system, that for every euro you earn, you pay 23 cents, and that goes towards the roads, the hospitals, the teachers, all the things, and that for the other 77 cents is for you to spend. So, we want to reward work,” he said.
Mr Hayes failed to win a seat at the 2014 local elections, where he ran as an Independent candidate in the City North district.
He said that there are “too many kinks” in Ireland’s political and government system.
“We want to keep things as simple as possible. I work in the accountancy profession, I deal with all the sections of the Government departments all the time.
“I often describe it as: when you go to water your garden on the very hot Irish summers — that we don’t often have — and the water stops, and there’s a kink in the hose. You usually give it a shake and it hopefully works out. You have to put the hose down, go back and unravel it,” he explained.
Deputy Creighton endorsed Mr Hayes, saying that he brings “practical business experience” to politics.
“Everywhere I go, across the country, there is an appetite for change, and if you know Desmond, his enthusiasm is absolutely infectious. The public are crying out for new voices and for people who are motivated by all of the right things, and he is an example of that.
“He runs his own business. He knows what’s required in order to manage employees and to manage his own business, and I think those are the sort of skills that we could use in the Oireachtas and in Government,” she stated.
She told the Limerick Leader that Renua’s intention is to be in Government in 2016.