Budget 2016 must deliver for local communities in Tallaght, Citywest, Rathfarnham and Templeogue, Senator and Independent Candidate for Dublin South West, Katherine Zappone has told supporters during a meeting at Tallaght Library.
The Senator called on the Government to address a number of key issues in the Autumn budget to ensure that ‘Equality is possible for Everyone’.
Senator Zappone is calling on the Government to address the issues which are of concern to people in local communities and reverse the impact of the cutbacks of recent years.
The Independent Candidate told supporters:
“As a Progressive Independent Candidate in the forthcoming General Election I am committed to working to ensure everyone in our community is given an equal opportunity to reach their full potential.
Over the coming weeks and months I will continue hosting civic forums so that local people of all ages can come forward to raise issues which are important to them.
As the economy recovers we now have an opportunity to address inequality. Already there are a number of areas of pressing concern which I have been challenging Ministers to address.
- Invest in our Children; through early year’s education and health services as well as support for parents
- Access to third level education; to correct the imbalance which has Dublin South West below the national average
- A home for everyone; more social and affordable housing, proposals to respond to unsustainable mortgages and negative equity and cut the housing waiting list of 8,600
- Deliver jobs; work and support small and big business to cut the unemployment rate of 10.6%
- Implement the recommendations of our recent forum for lone parent families and reverse the impact of recent welfare changes
- Ensure proper supports and community based services for older people, including guarantees on future of free travel
In the coming months I will remain vigilant as a member of the Oireachtas as the Government outlines its budget proposals to ensure they meet our local needs, starting with my attendance at the National Economic Dialogue.
Since announcing my plan to go forward as a candidate in the election I have been greatly encouraged by the levels of support and enthusiasm. In the coming months I look forward to building on my 30-years of working with the communities in Dublin South West and ensuring that we achieve our goal of equality for all."