Ireland today, faces an uncertain future, from instability in government, to a slowly recovering economy which is not felt by all our fellow citizens. Ireland, as a small open economy is in very real danger from external economic forces on the basis of an even greater threat to the global economy. I understand this very will from my extensive background in the business world, in particular, the construction sector over the past 38 years.
Over these years, i have campaigned on many issues relating to business and human rights.
I believe we in Ireland are at a crossroads in relation to our society, the type of Ireland we want to live in and the type of Ireland we want to hand on to future generations.
We have an opportunity to reform our 2nd House - Seanad Éireann alongside our Dáil, to show our people and the rest of the World that Ireland is indeed a magnificent place to live, work and raise a family.
My track record is clear, I have worked tirelessly on behalf of Irish families struggling firstly with the effects of the financial crisis, and subsequently, with the unrelenting, uncompromising Banking sector who have made no effort to either accept their responsibility for the crisis or, to engage in a meaningful way, with the hundreds of thousands of struggling family home mortgage holders.
I have stood up to a compliant establishment, indeed, I warned of the consequences of rogue banks as far back as 2006.