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Meet the candidates: Tom Ruddle, Fine Gael, Newcastle West

Meet the candidates: Tom Ruddle, Fine Gael, Newcastle West

Tom Ruddle

Address

Killoughteen, Newcastle West

Occupation

Auctioneer and valuer/ qualified financial adviser and certified mediator

Why have you decided to run in the local elections?

Being a volunteer in the town of Newcastle West and its surrounds for the past 30 years, I have always had a great interest in the local community and helping out whenever I could to make Newcastle West a better place to live.

As a volunteer I have spearheaded and overseen the development and purchase of new sports facilities in Woodfield, a development worth over half a million euro, that is used and enjoyed each week by over 700 children and adults.

I have a very strong interest in getting children involved in sport with all the associated benefits of fitness, general wellbeing and social interaction.

I have also introduced something very close to my heart - football for all, which benefits special needs children. This has been a tremendous success and is available for children throughout west limerick.

I also help and assist with the Newcastle West Brothers of Charity football for all initiative. My other involvement in the past has been as head coach with Coolyroe Athletic club. I am also a member of NCW Chamber of Commerce and founding member of Newcastle West Lions Club.

All these endeavours in making my community a better place has fuelled my interest in going forward for the local election.

Why should people vote for you?

Firstly I have a vast range of experience in the community in my various volunteer roles. Secondly I have a proven track record of getting things done; such as developing from scratch new sports facilities for the enjoyment of the youth of the town. It is the only new sports facility developed in the town in over 50 years. Thirdly I have very good organisational skills.

Finally I have an empathy and understanding of people and their needs , which I have gained through my various different endeavours in the community.

I have lived , worked and volunteered in Newcastle West for over 30 years and with a business in The Square in Newcastle West, will be accessible to the public.

What is lacking in my area?

Good broadband especially in rural areas.

Housing : More use must be made of vacant houses. A grant type scheme would be welcome to bring them up to modern standards. Voluntary housing groups have to be given every assistance at council level to bring life back into rural areas .

Sewerage facilities: The lack of sewerage facilities in rural areas is a deterrent to the provision of houses. I will push for this process to be accelerated if elected.

Roads in certain areas are neglected, an issue I will pursue. Newcastle West with a population of 7,000 and its adjacent hinterland is under represented in the council.

Finally, coming from a farming background I will be a strong voice at council level to represent their interests.