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Meet the candidates: Martin Ryan, Fianna Fail, Cappamore-Kilmallock

Meet the candidates: Martin Ryan, Fianna Fail, Cappamore-Kilmallock

Martin Ryan

Address

Dromclogher, Cappamore

Occupation

Operate Family transport Business along with two Brothers Declan and Brendan

Why have you decided to run in the Local Elections?

I decided to run in the Local elections in the Cappamore/Kilmallock area to work at keeping the area well represented now that county and city are amalgamated.

Why should people vote for you?

I am asking people to vote for me because I believe that I can use my experience of growing up on a family farm and working locally all my life in a family business to make a fair and effective contribution to the work of our local county council.

What do you think is lacking in your area and what will you be campaigning for?

I will work to improve local infrastructure such as roads, road markings and visibility, public lighting, our sewerage and water services and also flood relief.

We need to work to support mental health awareness linked to increasing rural and occupational isolation and I believe that additional Gardai and crime prevention resources to tackle crime would help as it would give people a better sense of security in their homes and as they go about their daily lives.

The lack of good housing is evident throughout the county and a review of transport services in rural areas is needed for people to get about.

I support lifelong learning and the reduction of fees and accommodation costs for third level education and also encourage the uptake of apprenticeships in trades. I also see the importance of having good sporting and leisure facilities in our communities and this is an area where all voluntary organisations need ongoing support.

We also need to encourage pride in our communities for some people as Litter along our roads is becoming a major problem.

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