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Conan Connolly

Candidate for Carrickmacross-Castleblayney

My vision

The local area is a place that truly integrates local people in the local economy. For too long emphasis has been placed on “getting ahead”. Our politicians spout about economic growth, building faster roads, industrialising our rural communities and market towns. They have forgotten what we need to lead healthy lives and what makes us tick.

What I stand for

I stand for a sustainable network of rural communities, where our dependence on nature is recognised and respected as the bedrock of our prosperity. I stand for a society where Rights & Responsibilities are equally valued. Where we the value the arts, sport, music, dancing, community spirit, soil health and biodiversity that we depend on for life.

My priorities

    • Brexit has been a huge upheaval in political life on these islands. Our neighbours are having difficult conversations and are examining the structure of politics and society like never before. I will be a stand in the face of bigotry and for the process of peace and reconciliation.
    • We need efficient and affordable housing. The County Development Plan must be refocused for sustainability. The current stock needs to be retrofitted to minimise thermal inefficiency. New homes must be built with local labour and sustainable materials to the highest standard.
    • I will promote permaculture principles when writing policy for you and our home places. Policy will be made by and for people. It will not be written for big industry lobby groups or to facilitate speed. We will work with nature instead of trying to re-engineer it out of existence.
    • I stand for inclusion. We will establish a space for those who currently get excluded from standard/current forms of decision making to come together and be heard. This must include votes for Irish Citizens who do not reside in the 26 counties.

My experience

I grew up between my Carrickmacross home and my family’s farm in Magheracloone (now inaccessible due to mining operations in the area). I saw the pleasure in self-sufficiency working with my grandfather and aunt during this time. After finishing school I joined the Defence Forces which included a tour in Kosovo. I studied Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at TCD. During that course, I became drawn to sustainability and environmentally conscious practices which led me to question the direction of both local and national policy in these areas. I have been an active part in the community and have in the past enjoyed being a member of An Lochrann Linn, Carrickmacross Arts Festival, Carrick Scouts and Transition Monaghan where among other experiences I got to sit on the County Councils Sub Committee on Environment and Transport. I currently work for a local authority prioritising and overseeing the programme of maintenance on their transport infrastructure.