The recovery is for all or else it is for no one
Dear Dublin Bay North constituent,
Politics, at its very best, is about listening. But at some point in our recent history, some politicians stopped listening and the country collapsed. One of the casualties of the crash was trust.
Why should anyone have faith in politics again? To believe in the common good? To trust that we can all recover?
Recovery is a strange word. As Drugs Strategy Minister I meet people battling through recovery every day and they are incredibly enlightened people. They know that recovery is tough and that learning to trust and to be trusted again is difficult.
Politics feels the same. Can we say that we’re in better place than in 2011? Yes we can. Does everyone feel it? Not yet. Is trust broken? Yes.
My beliefs are based on the simple premise that we are greater than our individual parts. That we are in this together, and together we can make recovery work for everyone. The recovery is for all, or else it is for no one.
Politics is not about pointing at problems; or about pointing at each other. It must be about finding solutions and pointing the way forward.
I’ve been listening. Listening to young people and young families. To workers and carers. To parents and grandparents. We need solutions to the cost of childcare, to the housing crisis, to our health service, to poverty, inequality and crime. And we need to repair the lost of trust.
I used to tell the children in my school in Sheriff Street that they could achieve anything if they were willing to work for it. So I’m willing to work for it. To work for you, your family and your community. And to work for our country.
No one wants to hear promises that can’t be kept. But you can trust me to work hard and to keep listening.
I am asking you to trust me with your vote.
I’ve been proud to serve as Minister for New Communities, Culture, Equality and National Drugs Strategy. Some of my personal highlights as a minister and political representative are below.
DRUGS REFORM POLICIES:
Drugs Minister Aodhan O Riordain has attracted international attention - including from billionaire businessman Richard…www.independent.ie
The story of a girls' Gaelic football team from Sheriff Street in inner city Dublin in the run up to a Cumann na…www.rte.ie
Author Neil Gaiman wrote recently about a lecture he attended organised by private prison operators in New York. In…www.irishtimes.com
Ask them what their view is on the gender pay gap in Ireland, which has widened from 12.6% to 14.4%, writes Alison O…www.irishexaminer.com
MARRIAGE EQUALITY/LGBT RIGHTS:
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast: 27/05/2015 Reporter: Leigh Sales Marriage equality was a gift from the…www.abc.net.au
A planned change to equality law will "raise the bar" so high that schools and hospitals will not be allowed to…www.irishtimes.com
EVERY now and then a politician says something which is of real substance. Forget publicity stunts like "inspecting" US…www.independent.ie
Minister of State at the Department of Justice Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said history will be very unkind to Ireland if it…www.rte.ie