Ramie Leahy

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?

There are some smaller community homes around Kilkenny, but obviously that is something that is extremely desirable.

What is your stance on the Universal Social Charge?

That is a hot potato. The reality is that the mismanagement of the state is what that is all about. People are being hit left, right and centre with new charges. We need a total review of the economic situation in Ireland. I have called for a moratorium on all state-bank transactions, because there are things going on in the banking fraternity that even the state doesn’t know about. e17 billion has just gone back into bank bonds which we weren’t meant to guarantee; and now the state has lost another e17 billion.

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?

I have a number of schemes for the unemployed in my manifesto. I think we really have to deal with this issue. We should be building windmills and reservoirs, and it is far better to have people working and being paid for it rather than being on the dole. This country has so much work to be done that you wouldn’t know where to start.

Apart from yourself, which other four candidates will be elected?

I think this is a conundrum; I am not sure that the polls are anywhere close. I think there will be one independent candidate elected in Carlow-Kilkenny and maybe one from Fianna Fáil. I don’t think Labour will get in, but there might be two from Fine Gael. With so many candidates, it is going to be a long, drawn-out count.

In 20 words or less, why should people vote for you?

Because I represent honesty, decency and integrity, and I believe we need to have sincerity in our politicians in Ireland.