STATEMENT Feb. 6, 2007

February 8, 2007 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Statements | 2 Comments

I wish to announce that I will be contesting the forthcoming Seanad Éireann elections in the NUI constituency. I will be standing as an Independent unaligned to any political party.

I believe there are many in modern Ireland disturbed and disillusioned by the failure of our major political parties to create a society of decency and standards where all citizens can live their lives with respect and dignity. We need a democracy that works. We need a democracy where good ideas and argument win out over vested interests. To achieve this we need independent voices with the courage to speak out and shape public debate. I commit myself to being one such voice.

I believe the Seanad can be an appropriate forum within which such debates can take place. Over the coming months I will pursue a number of crucially important issues. These include the current controversy regarding the Corrib gas project which has raised disturbing questions regarding the quality of democratic engagement with communities, the management of the State’s natural resources and the failure to plan for our future energy requirements. In addition, it is now clearer than ever that we must urgently face up to the consequences of global warming. We also need a critical examination of our education system’s responsibility to prepare our people to be just and responsible citizens and not simply proficient consumers. I hope that the graduates of the NUI with concerns about these issues will give me their support.

Dr Mark Garavan is a native of Castlebar, Co. Mayo. He is a sociologist lecturing in the Department of Nursing, GMIT, Castlebar. From 1988 he worked for a number of years with Dublin Simon Community. He has worked as a youth care worker in Carlow and Kerry. He was a researcher with the Environmental Change Institute in NUI, Galway from 2000 to 2003.

For comment or verification contact Mark Garavan 087-9023687



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  1. Good luck Mark

  2. Best of Luck Mark, though of course it’s votes and not luck that count!!! I’ll be convincing as many to vote your way as I can.

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