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Michael McNamara (Independent)

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Dear Mr. McNamara,

I am writing you in relation to animal welfare.

Our organisation was wondering if you could tell us why foie gras is being produced using gavage in Europe, many years after the practice was banned in the EU?

We would like to know if you have any plans to address this problem, and if you would also consider lobbying for a ban on the importation of foie gras in Ireland.

Thank you for your time, I look forward to your response.

Yours Sincerely,

National Animal Rights Association
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Michael McNamara

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Social policy
Question from
Seán Ó

Thank you Michael for replying. The destruction of embryos is also stark. My question is: To what candidates did I not pose the question? I know Declan Ganley´s answer for example. In asking you there was no inference intended nor offence meant.

Le gach dea-mhéin,

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Michael McNamara

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Social policy
Question from
Seán Ó

Will you as an independent commit yourself publicly to legislation banning embryo destruction and preventing any regulatory body from rubber-stamping embryo destruction?
Reply from
Michael McNamara

Dear Mr.O ,

Among my academic pursuits has been a degree in Canon Law at the Catholic University of Louvain. With the greatest of respect, I would question the wisdom of the presenting such a complex moral theological issue in such stark and polarising terms. I would also question why this question was selectively posed to some but not all candidates.

Best regards, Michael
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Good night Micheal, I was delighted to hear we had someone in Clare running as a candidate. My question is what are your visions in relation to the provision of youth centres in rural areas of ireland especially east Clare. I work with youth in a voluntary capacity and see a huge need for youth centres to be built where youth can have their social and development skills improved, with the alarming rates of youth suicide increasing there is a huge need for youth to be supported. After all are Youth not our future if they are not cared for at this stage who will care for us at a later stage.
Kind Regards
Reply from
Michael McNamara

Dear ,

Firstly, apologies for the delay in getting back to you.

I grew up in Scariff in the 1980s. In the winter we could play football and other sports, including badminton, in the community college hall and GAA hall. We had plenty of pitches to play on in the summer and also had well maintained tennis and basketball courts. There was also a youth club. A couple of summers ago i tried to play tennis and found the courts were no longer maintained for tennis or badminton and the pitch beside them had long grass.

In the absence of facilities and youth centres, it is difficult to blame older children and teenagers for filling their time less constructively. The cost of building and maintaining these facilities is low when compared to the cost of remedial activities later. I have spent enough time on the courts of the Mid-west to see the fruits and costs of social neglect.

I hope you agree,

Best regards,
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