Joe Meagher, Fianna Fail
Retired, still active in community affairs.
Why have you decided to run in the local elections?
I want to see the Council take a leadership role in guiding communities on how to access rural regeneration funds to address local issues.
I’m a big believer in community volunteerism. I have been involved first-hand in many projects that would never have been developed without strong community volunteers. I have been in leadership roles with the Irish Citizens Information Board and Civil Defence Board. I have learned that nothing can be easily achieved without a strong community behind you.
The most important part of any village or town is the people. Every community in the county has fantastic people who can achieve great things to transform Limerick with the council’s support and leadership. In the recent past, a small group of residents in Pallasgreen campaigned and installed much needed footpaths at a fraction of the estimated costs by using local volunteer labour. A dedicated group of volunteers in Oola developed a new graveyard with minimal funding by giving their time and skills to create something that the local community will have for generations to come. I want to be an advocate within the council to support those groups.
Why should people vote for you?
I love helping people. I have always been committed to community, both in my career as a community welfare officer with the Mid Western Health Board, and in my personal time served on numerous local community initiatives.
People need to know and trust that someone is paying attention to their needs.
When I get involved in anything, I leave no stone unturned to deliver what is needed. I don’t do big statements to get my name in the paper, I just get the job done.
Sometimes the result isn’t what you hoped for, but people always need someone fighting on their behalf. I am and always will be available to give advice on social welfare and health entitlements for elderly, disabled, and local community groups.
What do you think is lacking in your area and what will you be campaigning for?
It is often said that rural Ireland is being forgotten by the Government. It is also true that senior citizens, sick and disabled, and other disadvantaged groups are all too easily forgotten. I want to be their voice to make sure that all parts of society benefit from the revitalisation of Limerick.
Every group in our community, young and old, needs to be represented on the council.
Services that city residents take for granted are severely lacking in the country areas. In the same way that Limerick City is benefiting from long-term planning, we need the same approach for our rural areas. I want to see more frequent Garda presence, increased support for rural post offices, increased development of playgrounds and resources for our youth and our elderly.
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