John Paul Phelan

What is your stance on the need for a home for the elderly in Kilkenny city?

What is your stance on the need for a home for the elderly in Kilkenny city?

Fine Gael acknowledges the need for a home for the elderly in Kilkenny and has supported significant lobbying by Age Action Ireland for such a critical service. It is very important that elderly members of our community who have worked hard all their lives, made sacrifices for their families and contributed to their communities should have an opportunity to be cared for in their later years within that community in a home which best meets their needs.

What is your stance on the Universal Social Charge?

Fine Gael will carry out a review of the effect of the Universal Social Charge on work incentives and employment participation in time for the 2012 Budget and I wholeheartedly support this review.

With the end of funding for the Kilkenny jobfit centre, which was successfully getting people back into employment, what would you do to help the unemployed?

The Kilkenny Jobfit Centre has been exceptionally successful in providing restart opportunities to those who through no fault of their own found themselves unemployed and marginalised. It has helped countless men and women develop a host of skills, including interview techniques, CV advice, personal motivation and other supports. The failure to continue to support this programme is a retrograde step and Fine Gael will seek to have finance reinstated for this programme. Apart from yourself, which other four candidates will be elected?

I am focussing on my campaign and that of my party. Beyond that, I couldn’t say! In 20 words or less, why should people vote for you?

I have the unique blend of energy, experience, youth and I am ambitious for Carlow/Kilkenny.