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  • Uncategorized | Carol Hunt
    to their constituents and the people who voted for them Important promises Promises about protecting vulnerable groups like those who now find themselves homeless our Lone parents our young students and our disabled and their carers I ve watched politicians vote for legislation they don t agree with and vote against legislation they support regardless of which was in the best interests of citizen or country instead they were whipped to do what was in the best interests of the Party Budget 2016 was the fifth regressive budget in a row The gap between rich and poor continues to widen Since 2008 the number of people living in consistent poverty has doubled Today one in 6 of our children and one in 10 of our elderly are at risk of poverty The number of people without a home has reached crisis levels Yet Budget 2016 gave the major portion of available resources to the better off In order to ensure that inequality does not become a stable part of our society we have to challenge the status quo We need politicians who have the courage to defend their beliefs instead of meekly following the Party whip And so After writing and speaking and ranting on to anyone who would listen about the destructive influence of our tight whip system and the need for more women in the Leinster House I realised in 2015 that I could not support the party I traditionally voted for or indeed any party I found like many of my contemporaries Partyless And so I decided to put my money where my mouth was and put I my name forward for election I wanted to retain my Independence and yet I also wanted to join with a group of like minded people people who would realise the importance of negotiating and deciding legislation purely on its own merit and not on how it impacts on a particular political party This is why I was delighted to join the Independent Alliance this new and very dynamic force in Irish politics Of course over the past few months people have asked me why I believe that the Independent Alliance can make a difference in Irish politics I think that our charter presented here today shows that as a group we have very clear ethics a clear purpose and a coherent responsible plan to change the way we do politics in ireland Here are a few reasons why I believe we will make a dynamic impact The strength of Independents reflects the strength of democracy in Ireland When everyone is forced to agree it is not democracy being practiced just power being wielded And when legislation is forced through guillotined that s not democracy as it should be practiced Indeed that s not democracy at all But what about STABILITY I hear you ask Stability We keep hearing that word being bandied about what does it mean Currently it seems to mean very tight control of a party effectively

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  • Carol Hunt | Carol Hunt
    made to their constituents and the people who voted for them Important promises Promises about protecting vulnerable groups like those who now find themselves homeless our Lone parents our young students and our disabled and their carers I ve watched politicians vote for legislation they don t agree with and vote against legislation they support regardless of which was in the best interests of citizen or country instead they were whipped to do what was in the best interests of the Party Budget 2016 was the fifth regressive budget in a row The gap between rich and poor continues to widen Since 2008 the number of people living in consistent poverty has doubled Today one in 6 of our children and one in 10 of our elderly are at risk of poverty The number of people without a home has reached crisis levels Yet Budget 2016 gave the major portion of available resources to the better off In order to ensure that inequality does not become a stable part of our society we have to challenge the status quo We need politicians who have the courage to defend their beliefs instead of meekly following the Party whip And so After writing and speaking and ranting on to anyone who would listen about the destructive influence of our tight whip system and the need for more women in the Leinster House I realised in 2015 that I could not support the party I traditionally voted for or indeed any party I found like many of my contemporaries Partyless And so I decided to put my money where my mouth was and put I my name forward for election I wanted to retain my Independence and yet I also wanted to join with a group of like minded people people who would realise the importance of negotiating and deciding legislation purely on its own merit and not on how it impacts on a particular political party This is why I was delighted to join the Independent Alliance this new and very dynamic force in Irish politics Of course over the past few months people have asked me why I believe that the Independent Alliance can make a difference in Irish politics I think that our charter presented here today shows that as a group we have very clear ethics a clear purpose and a coherent responsible plan to change the way we do politics in ireland Here are a few reasons why I believe we will make a dynamic impact The strength of Independents reflects the strength of democracy in Ireland When everyone is forced to agree it is not democracy being practiced just power being wielded And when legislation is forced through guillotined that s not democracy as it should be practiced Indeed that s not democracy at all But what about STABILITY I hear you ask Stability We keep hearing that word being bandied about what does it mean Currently it seems to mean very tight control of a party

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  • Column today | Carol Hunt
    Her mother went and looked at it She said I trusted the health board For 13 years of her daughter s placement there the health board knew there were serious concerns well founded and numerous allegations of abuse about this home What did they do They left the girl there Between 1983 and 1995 47 children were placed there After 1995 referrals stopped yet this girl remained there until 2009 when her mother found evidence of the abuse And on the other hand there s the State in the form of the HSE who deliberately ignored all warnings of child abuse and sent this girl back to a foster home where she was physically and mentally tortured In a briefing document to the PAC the HSE apologised to people who received poor care when placed with the foster family an understatement that defies belief It also said an apology was made to the woman at the centre of this case It emerges no apology was made but that s the least of the horrific injustices meted out to this woman What sort of people are we Over the past few decades our uniform response to the avalanche of horror stories that emerged about child abuse in Irish institutions has been that we didn t know How could we know Because if we did surely as decent people who love children we d have put a stop to it But that s just not true We did know As early as 1931 the Carrigan Report detailed extensive and systemic child abuse across society The report was suppressed and the abuse continued It was suppressed for two reasons Firstly it reflected badly on holy Catholic Ireland and secondly because it depended on the evidence of children which could be easily dismissed Child

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  • 31 | January | 2016 | Carol Hunt
    31 Daily Archives January 31 2016 Column today 31 Jan 2016 in Uncategorized by Carol Hunt Column in today s Sunday Independent on the silencing of children Shame on us for dismissing the evidence of children so easily The voices

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  • Sunday Independent Column on undecided voters | Carol Hunt
    t know who they want to vote for in the next election They know what they don t want FF FG LAB or SF but they re not quite sure what the other choices will bring http www independent ie opinion comment crunch time for canvassers as undecided numbers grow 34391048 html Share this Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Leave a comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published

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  • 25 | January | 2016 | Carol Hunt
    Archives January 25 2016 Sunday Independent Column on undecided voters 25 Jan 2016 in Uncategorized by Carol Hunt As we chat to people in the Dun Laoghaire constituency on our canvass we re finding that an overwhelmingly majority don t know who they want to vote for in the next election They know what they don t want FF FG LAB or SF but they re not quite sure what

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  • Volunteers!!! | Carol Hunt
    Fallon Please come If you can t come send a friend We need to change politics We need to repeal the 8th We need YOU Pints optional Share this Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Leave a comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Post navigation

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  • 14 | January | 2016 | Carol Hunt
    January 14 Daily Archives January 14 2016 Volunteers 14 Jan 2016 in Uncategorized by Carol Hunt Volunteer night this evening in Blackrock Conway s pub at 7pm with the fabulous Johnny Fallon Please come If you can t come send

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