Conor MacLiam (United Left Alliance)
candidate Dáil election

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professional qualification
Higher Diploma in Arts (App of ICT in Ed)
Teacher of Computer Studies
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6 Pinewood Ave., Kilkenny
Carlow-Kilkenny ,
1st preference votes: 1.135, 1,5%
(...) My two children also attended the KSP and so I share your concerns. The lack of choice regarding education in this country is abysmal. Unfortunately both of my children were forced into religious secondary schools through lack of choice. (...)
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Issue agriculture and forestry

Dear Conor,

there are rumours that Coillte will be sold under the FF/EU/IMF deal. What is your stand on selling the state owned Land-based asset to private investors in order to pay the wolf on the door? (Banks, Eu, IMF, FF miss management)

Are you a supporter of protein imports? Or would you strengthen the indigenous cultivation of vicia faba minor and pisum sativum?

Which energy crops, if any, would you support in your constituency?

Do you know the difference between compost and slurry? please explain

Will You support in the Future Emoan O´Cuve Scheme for small Farmers and Fishermen? (RSS)

What do you think you can bring to Carlow Kilkenny if elected?
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Issue education

Dear Conor

As a parent of 2 children in the K S P primary school, I have serious concerns re their secondary education. At present there is no equivalent second level school in Kilkenny which offers the 4 principles on which Educate Together is founded, ie co-educational, student centred, multi-denominational and democratically run and I add non fee-paying. There is a serious lack of places at second level in Kilkenny and this problem is only set to escalate in the near future.

As a member of a group of parents interested in getting an Educate Together Secondary School for Kilkenny, I am asking you for your support in this endeavour. I have also forwarded a letter to you in more detail. I look forward to a favourable response from you

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This is my response to ´s election request:

Dear ,

My two children also attended the KSP and so I share your concerns. The lack of choice regarding education in this country is abysmal. Unfortunately both of my children were forced into religious secondary schools through lack of choice. While the secondary schools in question were excellent in their own way I firmly believe that children should not have to pay lip service to a faith that is not theirs in order to get an education. In this day and age this is simply unacceptable.

The Socialist Party believes in the separation of church and state. While of course we defend the rights of individuals and groups of people to practice their religion, we do not believe that any church or belief system should be forced on society as a whole. We would argue that if religious orders wish to run schools with a religious ethos they should do so privately and fund the schools from their own monies. All publicly-funded schools should be run on a secular, co-educational and democratic basis with input from parents, the community and especially in the case of secondary schools from the students themselves. The Irish school system is outdated and in dire need of change. If I were elected I would of course use my seat to support a secondary school for Kilkenny that would be run along these lines.


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Issue traffic and infrastructure

Dear Conor,

I live in south Kilkenny, six miles from New Ross. I work in Kilkenny city an average of three days a week (part time adult ed tutor with the VEC). I would like to know where you stand on public transport? With the continuing rise of petrol it is almost not worth my while driving in and out for perhaps two hours work. I would love to see a proper bus service - there is no public transport passing through The Rower and the New Ross - Kilkenny private bus runs only twice a day and is not suitable for me. I would dearly like to be more environmentally friendly and indeed save money on petrol and wear and tear on my ´02 1 litre car that already has well over 100,000 miles on it. It seems crazy that I may, in the near future have to go on the dole because I won´t be able to keep my car on the road. The hot shots in Dublin talk easily about taking public transport to and from work - easy for them with the train, dart and buses available to them - we have no option but to drive.

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Dear Ms.

Public transport in Ireland is sadly not up to par when compared to other European countries. Part of the reason for this is that during Fianna Fáil’s tenure over 80% of spending on transport went directly onto funding for road buildings and not onto sustainable public transport which would have eased congestion and pollution. The government consciously cut across both Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus from extending its services to cater for the transport needs of people. Instead they tried to use tax payer’s money to subsidise private bus operators.

Rather then pumping billions into failed banks, bailing out bondholders and allowing the wealthy to evade paying their fair share of taxes the Socialist Party would like to take this money and invest it in a programme of socially necessary works to bring down unemployment and thus stimulate the economy. As well as building schools and hospitals etc. we would also invest in public transport infrastructure.

We are in favour of a publicly owned and democratically run public transport system. Nationally that means an integrated network of efficient and frequent train and bus services where all major destinations are connected, linked to ports and airports.

We would also like to:

  • Extend local services so rural areas are properly linked with towns and the national network.
  • Invest in stock so all cities can be covered by an integrated network of trains, trams and buses.
  • End the facilitation of private operators in the provision of public transport which inevitably creates a downward pressure on wages and conditions of all transport employees both private and public.

We also believe that:

  • Transport services for the public must not be run on a commercial basis or for profit as that means they inevitably will remain limited services and a far cry from what people need.
  • Democratically controlled public companies could build and operate transport services more efficiently and cheaper than private operators, while guaranteeing decent pay and conditions for transport employees.
- The boards of public transport companies should have a majority of representatives of transport employees and of working people generally who use the services, with some representatives from local and central governments.

I hope this answers your question.


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