SOCIALIST PARTY candidate Conor MacLiam has vowed to continue campaigning on issues of equality in Kilkenny and Carlow. He said that he is in the political game for “the long haul.”
Although the Socialist Party candidate who was running under the banner of the United Left Alliance only received 1,217 he felt that the election has been a success. “I was just hoping that with the campaign that I ran, that I would establish a profile that would register in the minds of the electorate. Just looking at the preferences and seeing that I was being added on after the main parties with out going on to the independents so basically I’ve pulled clear of the independents in my view. I’m in it for the long haul so I’ll be using this as a base to stand for the council,” said Mr MacLiam.
Mr MacLiam believes that in the near future the population will become very disillusioned with the newly elected administration. He expects that people will turn to different forms of protest, in particular to coming out on to the streets. Mr MacLiam accused Labour and Fine Gael of using an illusion to get themselves elected. He said “I think Fine Gael and Labour beside them are going to smash the illusion they used to get elected with in weeks. It won’t take any prolonged period of time before we find ourselves at loggerheads with a government that is more hated than the last. “