Adare-Rathkeale district in need of ‘plain-speaking’ voice

Cllr Emmett O'Brien

ADARE-Rathkeale Municipal District needs a strong independent plain-speaking voice to combat “the scourge of rural crime, roving gangs terrorising the old and infirm and drugs dealers trying to destroy the very fabric of our society”.

That’s the view of Independent councillor Emmett O’Brien who has announced his decision to seek re-election citing the need for an independent and progressive voice who will represent the people without fear or favour.

“Almost identical to national level Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have entered into a cosy cartel for the last five years in the Council. The upshot of this is the continued drain of council resources and services away from rural Limerick,” Cllr O’Brien told the Limerick Post.

“This, sadly, is but a mirror image of what is happening in the Dáil. Fianna Fáil seems happy to support a Taoiseach, the gloss upon whom is furiously coming off. Fianna Fáil seem even happier to support a smug, arrogant and clueless government that has nothing but unbridled contempt for rural Ireland and the farming community.

“When the Taoiseach is not too busy posing for photos on Twitter and Instagram, with his merry band of metropolitan city slicker ministers, he is presiding over a government that still hasn’t delivered the most basic form of rural broadband, leaves moral in Garda Siochana and the Defence forces on the floor, leaves the elderly, sick and infirm cruelly thrown on hospital trolleys, ensures that vast majority of foreign direct investment goes to Dublin, tells the hard-working farmers of Ireland they’re intent of destroying the climate, while simultaneously flying thousands of air miles on the international junket talking circle, threatens the entire economic foundation and security of Ireland with an obsession over the ‘backstop’,” he claimed.

According to the Pallaskenry man, the people of West Limerick deserve their fair share of the basics and require and expect proper roads, footpaths, cycle-ways, social housing, sustainable planning, jobs and a strong and community focused Garda Síochána.

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O’Brien says that since being elected to the Council in 2014 he has focused his energies on speaking plainly, challenging political correct assumptions and getting things done.

“I have focused primarily on improving the crumbling infrastructure of footpaths and roads and safety schemes in the Kildimo/ Pallaskenry Askeaton, Kilcornan, Adare and Askeaton area. With limited resources and well managed projects I have delivered infrastructural improvements, from slipways, roads, footpaths, drainage schemes to privately helping people in difficult personal situations. There is much more to do and with the help and support of the people of Adare-Rathkeale I will continue to deliver for you and deliver an Independent voice without fear or favour.”

by Alan Jacques

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