I come from a small farming background and have been proud to live and work in the Carlow Kilkenny constituency all my life. In recent years I have been erecting farm buildings throughout the South-East so I have been in direct contact with farmers and the issues facing them. With my wife Annette and my two grown-up children, I have been an active member of the local community in Borris for many years.
I want to make our communities the best possible place to live, work and raise a family.
I believe in communities working together to improve local services so that everyone can have a better quality of life. Having served on Carlow County Council since 2007, I have actively worked on community projects and in providing better local services for everyone.
But I believe we can improve our area further. That means building more homes for families. More school buildings. Better local transport services.
Our challenge now is to ensure that this recovery is spread to all parts of the country and to rural communities in particular. These are my five priorities to bring the recovery to rural Ireland:
1. Addressing low pay rates for workers in rural communities
2. Accessing NAMA land to deliver more local housing
3. Providing practical local transport solutions, particularly for schoolchildren
4. Increasing apprenticeship opportunities to get young people into work
5. Protecting mental health services so families have the supports they require.
My family has also been touched by the scourge of mental health trauma and is devastating consequences. Providing adequate services for this most sensitive issue will be my other priority.
Local families have been through a lot in recent years. From trying to balance the books and running farms and households, we are beginning to see a brighter future ahead. But we are not there yet.
If there are any issues that you would like to discuss, do not hesitate to contact me.
Cllr William Quinn PCThe Labour Party
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