February 25th, 2016
This Friday Vote Ian Lynch Number 1 to Rebuild Clare & Our Communities
A statement from Ian Lynch Independent candidate for County Clare.
As we near the end of a short but tough campaign to become your representative in Dail Eireann, I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to engage with me throughout the canvass, often during in the dark evenings and cold wet days.
During this election I have met so many inspiring people and I am very grateful to be standing here asking for your vote to be your representative.
My parents are from County Clare (Kilrush & Kilkee), I was born in Clare and now raising my own family in our great County. I am just an ordinary Joe Soap, I work full time and work in the evenings and weekend on County Council issues. I don’t have a big political party or endless funds to back me but I have an endless belief in the people of Clare and that we need to represent ourselves. I’m a doer rather than a talker so I felt it was right that I stood for election.
If there is one thing that I have learned from this campaign is that there is not a North/South/West/East or Ennis Clare but one County Clare and we are all Clare people. A Clare that is suffering from lack of investment and abandonment by consecutive government, towns and villages close to closure, family and friends on trollies stripped of their dignity in our mismanaged health service. Families in poverty through lack of jobs having to chose between prescriptions and the rent and children who have no place to go tomorrow due to the closure of child care facilities.
Its the belief that we are one, that we are all paying our way, we are all dealing with extra taxes and costs, it is out of a belief, the belief that we deserve our fair share, that I stand before you this Friday looking for your vote.
In the end that is what this election is about?
Is it about party politics and a hunger for power, and election of false and broken promises, ego and self progression or do we vote in an election to see action.
Action to create jobs, action to stop the tide of emigration, action to have a health service fit for purpose, action to end the destruction of out County to support businesses, post offices and other essential rural services. Take action to make Clare a great County to work and do business in, a great County to rear a family, a great county to call our home.
Do we elect the same Representatives again? The parties most likely to be in coalition resulting in no opposition or do you seek to do something different this time and elect an unhindered voice outside of the party whip.
This Friday you get to choose, but before you choose... think wisely.. Think who will work for you... who has the energy and experience and understanding of the political system to get things done... Think who sees the true potential of our great County.
So this Friday I am asking you to choose wisely and Vote Lynch No 1
February 4th, 2016
Lynch calls for Third Level facility in Clare
Independent Clare General Election Candidate Cllr Ian Lynch has highlighted the need for a third level educational facility to be established in Ennis in County Clare, the only county along the western sea board without a Third Level facility.
“We have to get serious about securing a 3rd level educational facility in Clare to support our school leavers and make further education more accessible for all,” said Cllr. Lynch.
He added, “Recent figures produced by the Irish Independent schools tables show up to 3 schools in Clare have a 100% transfer rate of students to 3rd level, 8 schools have an average transfer rate of 90% and a further 18 second level schools in the County have an average transfer rate of 85%. These figures show that a 3rd level facility in County Clare is viable, sustainable and is much needed by our young people.”
“All of these young people are forced to deal with the extra expense of travel and accommodation in order to attend colleges in Limerick, Tralee etc. Yet we have the student population here in Clare, good infrastructure and available accommodation. We need to start thinking strategically of the future and how we can make best use of existing resources and I’m urging the Dept of education to address the need.
“In 2016 we need to build upon the hard work already put in to obtain big events such as the Fleadh Cheoil and we should be looking at how to make the most of these opportunities and link up with other events such as the summer program ran by nearby University of Limerick. UL currently run an excellent cultural studies summer school and the possibility of hosting the summer school here in Ennis this year must be explored. This would offer students the opportunity to experience Irish Culture at its finest during the Fleadh Cheoil festival and could be the catalyst to developing a fulltime campus here in Clare.
“Ennis and County Clare already has developed strong links with China who have shown keen interest in Irish culture with a particular emphasis on the Clare region. This year provides an opportunity to strengthen and build upon those links. We need to start thinking for ourselves and building for the future.
“The value of a 3rd level institute cannot be underestimated for the local economy Tralee institute of Technology has over 3000 students, 350 full time jobs and delivers over €60 million to the local economy. Securing a 3rd level facility will provide Ennis and the county with much needed access to further education and ensure vibrancy and sustainable economic growth within the County,” concluded Cllr Lynch.
January 9th, 2016
Community Focus & Clare People Power
I am passionate about our communities; I know the great value and potential they hold.
I strongly believe in the power of the people within our communities. Our communities are what make our county great, our communities are what make our county HOME. You the people of Clare are what makes our communities worth standing for.
Having spent 15 years fighting to protect and enhance our communities. I have voluntarily trained and help resource defibrillator programs and training throughout our county. This has empowered local people with the ability to save lives and in taking action together we have made strides to fill the gap of the ailing health service and inadequately resourced ambulance service available to Clare.
Our communities are fighting back against rural decline.
We need a local representative to speak out on behalf of the people of Clare regarding continuous cuts and failure to plan and and resource our:
Hospital (No A&E),
Closure of local Post Offices & Schools.
Local enterprise and businesses are at breaking point and our youth are immigrating.
We need to fight for job retention and new employment creation and enterprise growth throughout the county.
Its time that our communities had someone to fight for them and defend their interests and infrastructure.
I am asking for your support and let me be your voice for the people of Clare in Dáil Éireann.
January 7th 2016
Cllr Ian Lynch Candidacy Announcement
After much consideration I am delighted to announce I have declared as an Independent Candidate in the next General Election.
County Clare saw little or no positive benefits from the “boom” years and we are certainly not benefitting from the so called “recovery”. You have to ask yourself what has been done in the county with regard to planning, investment and infrastructure and services development, in recent years.
How can a county with one of the deepest water ports in the whole of Europe, offering one of the greatest opportunities for employment not see one single cent of investment? Our international airport has been suppressed to ensure growth of a super airport on the east coast.
A continuing lack of management of our natural resources today sees 100’s of homes destroyed as flooding peaks and nothing done for these residents.
Each consecutive government has slowly stripped this great county of what we had, our hospital, our post offices, our Gardai, our schools and other essential basic services that should be taken for granted and available to all. Rural Clare is only years away from being nonexistent and anonymous, there are no prospects for our youth and no genuine effort to generate new jobs and retain existing employment in the areas where they are most needed.
It is a challenging task and a tough battle against the party machines. WE need CHANGE and WE need a Voice to stand for the people of Clare, with YOUR help and support we can do this and we can make a real and positive difference
If you are interested in joining our team please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for all the support to date and I look forward to meeting you over the coming weeks.