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Mícheál Callaghan

Candidate for Monaghan
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My vision

Is one where we have succeeded in avoiding the worst of climate change and biodiversity loss. We live in a country that has harnessed it’s abundant renewable resources and fertile soils and is a world leader in sustainability. Monaghan town has its own energy company, owned by the local people, who decide what energy to produce. The profits from this company are reinvested into our schools and community groups. Farmers and homeowners are selling surplus clean energy back into the grid from their solar panels and micro wind turbines. We have successfully invested in small local businesses in food production, manufacturing and green technology, meaning many of our young people are now staying locally. We have a tolerant multi-cultural society where the new Irish have integrated well and are making a positive contribution to our community. Carers, health workers, teachers, gardaí and all other essential ‘front line’ workers are well paid and are recognised for the vital contribution to our society. This is the future I dream about. Now let’s rewind and make it happen.

What I stand for

I stand for clean, corruption free politics that listens to the most disadvantaged and disillusioned in our society. I stand for making Monaghan a leader in climate action and protecting our biodiversity. I stand for a fair deal for farmers, and I stand for proper resourcing of our mental health services. I stand for a fair transition to a clean, low carbon society where people’s quality of lives and wellbeing are prioritised over profit.

My priorities

    • Ensuring all our local plans and policies place environmental protection at their centre. I want to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency at Monaghan County Council. I will work with council officials, community groups, NGOs and farmers to develop a climate action plan for Co. Monaghan
    • Working with my colleagues on Monaghan Co. Council and other councils across the country to demand more power and resources for local government to take decisions on education, health, transport and housing. Decisions should be as close to communities as possible.
    • Our part of the city has far less green space than others. I’ll protect and improve what green space we have now and work to deliver more pitches, parks and open space.
    • Cycle lanes into Monaghan town from nearby villages, and through the town centre. I would also like to see more electric vehicle charging points and an extension of local bus services, including better bus connections to Cavan and Dundalk.
    • Cycle lanes into Monaghan town from nearby villages, and through the town centre. I would also like to see more electric vehicle charging points and an extension of local bus services, including better bus connections to Cavan and Dundalk.
    • Demanding more resources from central government to allow Monaghan County Council to build more social housing, and to retrofit and insulate our existing social housing stock to Grade A stock, improving people’s quality of life.

My experience

I am a 28 year old environmental law PhD researcher. My research looks at how communities and farmers can be more involved in making decisions around biodiversity protection in Ireland. The Sliabh Beagh area of North Monaghan is one of my case studies. I have been involved in the environmental movement at local and national level since I was 16, as I realised that climate change and environmental issues were going to be the biggest challenges of my life, and I wanted to do something about it. I was the Green Party’s general election candidate in the 2016 elections, polling a respectable 1251 first preference votes. I passionately believe that local communities must play a central role in the transition to a low carbon society. In 2013, I co-founded Transition Monaghan, a community group in Monaghan that promotes sustainability and environmental issues. I have also been active in national NGOs. Ba mhaith liom an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn, agus cuirim fáilte roimh theagmháil I n Gaeilge.