Subject: Ballinamore municipal district hustings Tuesday 14th of May 2019
Leitrim Local Environmental Network link
Local Election Candidate highlights the main issues facing people in South Leitrim
Since the launch of his campaign, Independent candidate Sean Wynne for both the Ballinamore and Carrick Electoral area has been busy on the ground meeting with the people of South Leitrim to hear their issues and concerns they feel are facing their local community. ‘There are some obvious issues that need to be addressed that the people of Leitrim are relentlessly campaigning for’. He believes local councilors need to do more to support and build on all the good work that local activist groups are currently campaigning for. ‘Local councilors need to work with and support local community activists group by highlighting their issues at a regional level’.
Wynne outlined the reasoning behind his decision to run in both areas are to highlight the social and economic decline of rural areas of South Leitrim and he would like the opportunity to address these issues. ‘If there is not a long term strategic plan in place for Leitrim, unfortunately these issues will not be solved and we will see a continuous decline in investment, employment and tourism in our area. The top four issues Sean has frequently come across are the following;
· Lack of Broadband facilities- Ongoing delays with the roll-out of high speed broadband throughout Leitrim directly impacts the investment in trade and employment in the area. Also residency living in Leitrim need access to adequate broadband if they have the option to work from home.
- Planning– Leitrim County Council approved just two planning applications for private houses in Leitrim last year. If you compare this to our neighboring County Cavan which approves on average 250 applications each year. It is becoming increasing difficult for families who want to set up a life in Leitrim to find suitable accommodation.
Forestry- 18.9% of Leitrims landscape is covered in forestry, which is the highest percentage in Ireland (average 10.5%). Over plantation of forestry is undermining rural community life and fuelling depopulation
- Illegal Dumping is increasing becoming a growing issue here in Leitrim which we are beginning to see more of with the rising bin charges due to the lack of competition of refuse management providers in our county
Sean would like to thank the people of South Leitrim so far for their time and feedback. He has listened to all their frustrations and would like the opportunity to address these issues ‘We need to act now and I believe I have the experience and proven track record in leading campaigns that gets results’. For more details about Sean’s campaign please visit ‘Sean Wynne Local Election Candidate 2019’ on Facebook or on his website dbo.ie/Sean.
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. Youtube address –
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.
Dr. Trevor Hayes from Ireland gives a report on the recent repeal of Amendment 8 in Ireland. This presentation was made at the annual Matthew Bulfin Education conference of AAPLOG and ACPeds in Indianapolis on April 6th, 2019.
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.
Link to Sean speaking about planning –
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’s 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.
Link to Sean speaking about Forestry .
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 taxpayer unlike the pillar banks. Please go to the link –Source http://publicbankingalliance.ie/<http://publicbankingalliance.ie/
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. Administration within 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 .
https://www.oceanfm.ie/2019/03/25/community-banking-meeting-scheduled-for-drumshanbo/ 25/03/2019 Ocean FM
A public meeting will take place in the Mayflower Community Centre in Drumshanbo tomorrow evening to promote the community banking model.
The Guest speaker for tomorrow’s event is the Joint Chair of the Public Banking forum, Seamus Maye. Please follow link –
Ireland has the infrastructure in place through the Credit Union, Post Office Network or community enterprise structure – We now need the Proposed 10 Regional Public/Community Bank and a Central Service Provider (CSP) to create ‘Ireland’s Alternative Banking Force’ The expertise of the not-for-profit Sparkassen Foundation, the SBFIC is available to us to develop and operate.
Please see the link below in relation to our culture and the debate we need to have in Ireland.
Ireland: The Past, The Present and the Moral Inversion
Irish a minority by 2050: http://ow.ly/pdC81015Ncy
Story about primary teachers: http://ow.ly/IYTh101hfZx