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Pepe

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First up:
Sharon Nolan (Galway City Central)

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Sharon is an activist and feminist.

Originally from Roscommon, she moved to Galway to attend college and fell in love with the city that she now calls home.

Her core values are based around workers rights, better housing protections, and social justice issues



Next up: Nuala Killeen (Leixlip)

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Nuala played a pivotal role in the campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment and she was a founding member of the ‘Leixlip for Repeal’ and the ‘Clane for Repeal’ groups.

She also worked on the Kildare Coalition to Repeal and helped to establish other regional groups during the campaign.


Next up: Ellie Kisyombe (Dublin Central)
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Ellie Kisyombe came to Ireland from Malawi in 2011 and has spent several years living in Direct Provision.

During this time she’s lived through and witnessed the uncaring conditions people in this country’s asylum system experience.
You can read more on Ellie in the times article here:
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/inaccuracies-found-in-asylum-seeker-candidate-ellie-kisyombes-back-story-ds7225jpc


Don't worry lads, it gets better!

Here is our very own

Holly McKeever Cairns (Bantry)

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Holly McKeever Cairns is a woman on a mission to build a more resilient West Cork.

To end the cycle of boom, bust, emigrate.
To invest in small farms and businesses. To bring our young people back home.

A farmer and small business owner from the Turk Head peninsula, Holly grew up with the Ilen River estuary on one side, and Roaring Water Bay on the other.

She lived and worked abroad for many years in Greece, Spain, UK, USA and Malta, before moving back home to work in the family farm and business, Brown Envelope Seeds.

Holly has a keen interest in sustainable agriculture and how we can work to ensure food security for future generations.

She believes that the answer lies in increased support for small farmers, small business and entrepreneurs.

Now 28, Holly grew up in Aughadown.

She attended Lisheen National school and Schull Community College.

She graduated from UCC with a first class honours with a Master of Science in Organic Horticulture.

As part of her studies, she researched the methods and importance of plant adaptation in the face of unpredictable climates.

Holly has worked with adults with severe neurological and physical disabilities and teenagers with autism.

She has spent time volunteering in Calcutta, Cape Town and Romania.

Would you give them a vote?
 
Interesting piece on Ellie Kisyombe
front page Sunday Times splash this week has suggested a more circuitous route to Ireland taken by Kisyombe.
This account places her as a student in Bristol university between 2007 and 2010, then returning to Malawi before getting a student visa in Ireland, then applying for UK asylum. It also has her applying for Irish asylum a year later than stated, followed by a lengthy stay in the UK.

Her supporters say it doesn’t matter how she got here, or when.

This chimes with our empathy for economic migrants like Michael and all the haunted Irish illegals down the years.

Many of us live messy, complicated lives and by definition, asylum seekers’ stories are even more complex and desperate. But where do we as a people expect immigration officials to draw the line, if at all, in arriving at such judgments?

The Sunday Times has come under heavy fire, laced with charges of racism, accused on social media of picking on a black candidate, of giving undue prominence to the story, of using an “unsympathetic” photograph (it was taken against a Social Democrats backdrop), and of publishing sensitive personal information that may have been leaked by someone in authority.

Kisyombe’s lawyers warned the paper that it was a criminal offence to identify an applicant for international protection without her consent.


The suggestion that out of hundreds of white, local election candidates, Kisyombe was singled out for nefarious reasons must be weighed against the fact that she had already received exceptionally broad, positive, national media coverage (including the cover photograph and lengthy interview in a recent Irish Times Saturday magazine) in which she happily co-operated.

We need to talk about these things. Where does the balance lie in such complex situations?

Should the Sunday Times have decided not to publish? Or to bury the story at the bottom of page six?

When a person runs for public office, are voters entitled to a straight account of their background regardless of its complexity and to make their minds up accordingly?
If details are not forthcoming, is it reasonable to expect that person to stand down until their status is established?
 
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