Sean Wynne Announces His Candidacy for the 2019 Local Elections
Sean Wynne Independent
Running as an Independent candidate, Sean is renowned for his work in community development on issues such as fracking, forestry, fisheries to name but a few and is considered as a community activist in Leitrim. He has been jointly awarded ‘Leitrim Person of the year’ in recognition of his work on the successful ‘Save Leitrim’ Campaign which resulted in the reuniting of Leitrim as a single electoral area. Sean has a proven track record of hard work, experience and achievement in community based activities throughout Leitrim over many years.
In relation to the core principles of our major political parties they are now but a distant memory in his view. Presently, politicians simply stick their finger up in the air to see which way the wind is blowing. We must ask ourselves: “Where are we being taken as a society on the road to this utopian pluralist illusion, of inclusion based on implanting the neo-liberal world of sexual freedom, self-liberation and the dictatorship of relativism upon our teenagers. Ireland now ranks fourth highest among high-income nations in teen suicide and the incidence of teenage depression, anxiety and mental illness continues to increase without any explanation from our government. How many of our young people’s problems are not simply mental but also spiritual; the mental illness an outward manifestation of a slow spiritual death? A true education fosters academic formation in the context of spiritual growth across the continuum spanning faith and fact. The challenge for our schools is to rediscover this old way of formation. We need to look deeply and critically at the existing state curriculum, not simply in religious and sexual education but across all subjects.
While a candidate in the local election may not change the current direction of Irish society, from the removal of religious instruction in our schools to the challenges facing our family structure, he or she can encourage politicians of all parties and none to question and debate the current “group think”. It is incumbent on us all, election candidates and voters, to ask the simple question: Is this the best that we can do for our community? The issue for us, Sean believes, is that most politicians, economists and the media don’t want to understand that the root cause of Ireland’s social and economic challenges are moral and spiritual, not just the economic difficulties they have caused over the years to you and your community . When Christian values are forcefully pushed out of political discourse, it is much harder for human dignity, moral values, consciousness and truth to be upheld in our fragile society.
Sean is of the view that the current socialist agenda based on our EU Constitution has mastered the art of inducing a feeling of utter defeat and helplessness on the part of those groups and individuals who question the current crisis. This new society operates in an extremely efficient manner at least in its higher levels of leadership. It makes use of every possible means at its disposal, be they scientific, technical, social or economic to follow its reform programmes. It follows a perfectly mapped out strategy whether in education or in social reforms. They hold almost complete sway in international organisations, in financial circles, in the field of mass communication; national press, radio and TV.
We all need to wake –up as a people who elect those who govern us before the values we cherish most disappear. I call on all of you who share my views to contact me and help deliver this message to every household in South Leitrim.
He also sees ‘one off’ planning permission as a major issue in the decline of the population living in rural parts of the county and rural families continuing to disappear. Sadly, rural communities continue to decline and we need interventions now. For example only two ‘one off’ housing permissions were granted in Leitrim last year, while surrounding counties granted hundreds of “one off” houses with the same soil structure”. Nine years ago the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines on wastewater were introduced and since then planning for one-off homes has all but come to a standstill in Leitrim. The EPA said that human waste was only 5% of the problem but our legislators set about making it virtually impossible to get planning permission. Rural communities are fighting for survival without new families, Leitrim people are desperate to build on their family land and the construction industry has been decimated locally with no new houses being designed, built or furnished.There is something very wrong with the current legislation and it needs to be resolved immediately regardless of who gets elected.
Regarding forestry, Sean
has campaigned since the early 90s for
proper controls on planning, through the League
against Unplanned Forestry trying to
change the present guidelines to directives. The present forestry programme as operated by the government where mono
culture based on Sitka
Spruce is the only solution. European Forestry policy is moving towards banning clear felling which he fully agree with. He will be campaigning to have clear felling banned because of the environmental destruction it causes to the landscape, our lakes and rivers. All the evidence is there in the HYDROFOR an EPA and DAFM-supported multi-sector co-operative project to investigate the impacts of forestry operations on Ireland’s aquatic ecology, carried out in 2016 Number 169. Leitrim has already 20 per cent of its land covered with forestry and while he welcome the study commissioned by the Minister for Forestry the social impact needs serious consideration . There are up to 20 primary schools throughout Leitrim in serious threat of losing at least one teacher if student numbers continue to decline.
With agriculture currently contributing many fulltime and part-time jobs in Leitrim, Sean, who comes from a part time farming background himself, is well versed on the major challenges that farmers in the north west are facing even ahead of a possible no Brexit deal for the UK. We all agree that farmers need to have the opportunity to plant some or all of their lands if they so wish and get alternative income but Irish and foreign investment companies and non farmers are taking advantage of the tax breaks and grants provided by the Irish taxpayers. Funding the rich investors to gain valuable tax breaks in the name of a green agenda. If our government decided to provide a similar scheme for young farmers where loans at a fixed rate of 2 per cent rather than forestry as the only option through a programme similar to the land commission this could simulate some activity in rural areas other than sitka spruce /monoculture cash crop. He also hit out at the IFA and the lack of information on live exports to the UK with lower tariffs if the UK leaves the EU and the implications for small farmers. A situation may arise where the tariff on live exports may be less than 4 per cent while processed beef could be over 20 per cent. Bord Bia needs to come out and make a clear statement on the matter.
In relation to small businesses, if the same tax breaks were
available to small businesses in Leitrim as given to the
forestry programme, we could begin to rebuild rural communities. The issue of
rates is a continual problem for small industries and businesses throughout the country and the cost of
finance and working capital. Over the past forty years Sean has been involved in
several community based groups and knows
firsthand the struggles local business are facing in order to stay in business.
Regarding community banking there is absolutely no reason why the government has to protect our
mainstream banks from competition from a
community banking system which is ready to go if the Minister for Finance and the Central Bank
approves. Unfortunately community
banking has been already been rejected by the Minister for Finance”. Our
present Credit Union structure and Post office networks could be made
available to roll out through a 200 year old Sparkassen
Bank from Germany who are available to
support the project. The solution is already in place it only takes political
will from our government to get the ball rolling at no expenses to you the
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In conclusion Sean Wynne shares the same views and frustrations held by the vast majority of people in the county as regards how the health service is being run. “In relation to the HSE and the comparison with Scotland NHS with a population of over half a million extra population is run for half the Irish expenditure. Administrationwithin the HSE has increased by 60% since 2011 and we still have no solutions.
Learn more about Sean Wynne and his campaign by visiting his Sean Wynne Facebook Page ‘Sean Wynne- Local Election Candidate 2019’
If you would like to contact me or help out in the campaign please email Seanwynne2019@yahoo.ie Mobile 0894476275
Please consider supporting me on Friday the 24th of May so that I can bring you views to Leitrim County Council .
On Tuesday the 26thof March at 8pm
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