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John Francis Higgins (Independent)

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The role of regional and local government
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What are your thoughts on how the latest proposed amendments to the Irish Firearms Acts - as contained in the Criminal Justice (Misc.Provisions) Bill 2009 - contravene the EU directive on Firearms (91/477/EEC) by requiring all Irish firearms owners to only purchase ammunition or firearms from Irish registered firearms dealers instead of the current (and in force since 1964) laws that allow them to purchase from any registered firearms dealer in the EU so long as the appropriate paperwork is in place?
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John Francis Higgins

I am unfamiliar with these laws in relation to weapons and the interaction
between state and EU law. I would need to study it more. Would this be a tax
generated i.e. more tax liable to be collected from sales in Ireland? It
would immediately strike me, that EU law is dominant. I have stated in my
Election literature that we have moved from a defensive conservative society
to an aggressive secular domain. This is happening to have sad repercussions
because there are more and more people around with less religious scruples.
They have no fear and leads to a sad increase in gun related crime. The
authorities have to try and stop this sudden breakout of wrongdoing. This
manifests itself in the Big Brother Syndrome. Sadly the whole legal and
justice edifice is overseen by people who can´t remember, did not hear, and
were not there, when asked to account for their own actions. Yes in this
system it is the normal law abiding citizen who feels aggrieved. This need
not be the case if leaders have ideals and are prepared to step down from
office when they get things wrong. It really amazes me that our leaders put
themselves back up for re-election when they have turned us into a country
riddled with Debt.
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Hello ,

Good to see you on the big screen.

What´s your opinion on the Spirit of Ireland initiative and it´s potential for the West spiritofireland.org

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John Francis Higgins


I always have great regard for the doers of society. Wind energy is definitely a source that we should tap into. I have come across the site of wind turbines all over the place during my canvass; and I must say that I think they give a definite good feel of movement (a bit like listening to the ebb and flow of the tide) and look well. I do not know an awful lot of the effectiveness of the system, but the fact that they are been built means that costings are in place and that they are viable. However, I do not hear that you can buy wind energy any cheaper than conventional energy.

What we need now in cash strapped Ireland is cheaper sources of petrol, gas, diesel. We can get this if we exploit our hydrocarbons. We should set up an Ireland Exploration Co and a sister company Ireland Exploration Finance Co. There are many people around that have made money from the property boom and who got out in time (Sean FitzPatrick and Lar Bradshaw, who resigned as directors of Anglo Irish Bank over hidden loans from the bank, have invested at least €25 million in a Nigerian oil project). We could keep this money in the country. Tax incentives could be offered; the Irish people could permanently own half the shares. There a thousands of products that are made from oil and gas. We could set up thousands of down stream manufacturing jobs.

We could supply petrol and diesel, fertilizers, at quarter the world price to our farmers who are very hard pressed from cutbacks etc. Royalties, profits etc could be used to reduce negative equity loans of our youth; reduce our foreign debt etc etc. We could pay our way, and not be constantly running to Europe for hand outs! Money from this source could also be used to perfect wind energy systems.

! What am I doing? You can´t even give me a vote!
Social policy
Question from
Seán Ó

Will you commit yourself publicly to legislation banning embryo destruction and preventing any regulatory body from rubber-stamping embryo destruction?
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John Francis Higgins

My canvassers and I, have just come back from a two day campaign in Cavan-Monaghan. So, needless to say, I am delighted that you give me the honour of replying to your very relevant question. The major problem with the pace of modern day life is that social barriers are continually broken. This results in a breakdown of society. We now have daily murders.

Respect for life has been a precious grace within the Christian upbringing. If we do not have respect for life from conception; then it opens the gates as to lots of argument as to when life should be valued e.g. should abortion be not allowed at 14 weeks or near full term; at what stage should we introduce euthanasia; should we kill children who are not fully formed; should we saddle our youth with massive debt early on in life in a way that they will be slaves for the rest of their lives. Respect for life begins at conception. Nothing else should be even entertained. No WILL about it. I fully disagree with what Obama has done in reversing the Bush ban on embryo destruction.
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