Anne Farrell, the Renua Ireland General Election 2016 candidate for Roscommon-Galway, has extended her gratitude to everyone involved in her campaign.
In a statement she said “I would like to say a big thank you to all the great people who have helped me in so many ways on my exciting election campaign journey. I could not have done it without you. And to the public, I would like to say thank you so much for your kindness as I called to your doors and met you all over the constituency. And most importantly a huge thank you to all the people who voted for me in any capacity, most especially those who took a chance with their number 1 vote for a new candidate and party. I will endeavour to build on that belief and look forward to working with and for you next time around!!”
Following a disappointing election campaign for Renua, Anne said “We may have gained little standing in the Roscommon-Galway constituency on it’s first time out but it is not gone as a substantive party “
She said “RENUAS proposed Dáil reforms had broadly been embraced, especially the freedom for TDs to exercise their own personal moral code in matters of conscience thereby removing the party whip system and would expect further refinements to this outdated WHIP system in the future. Even the word brings shivers of the old civil war society we inherited and are desperately seeking to outlive!!!”
She added “More importantly the appointment of the Ceann Comhairle by secret ballot and across all party divides is a new departure in Irish politics. Thanks to Lucinda Creightons unrelenting push for Dáil reform we now see the beginnings of such change.
Contained within the Policy document first launched in March 2015, were these and other proposed changes in the way the Dáil does its business on behalf of the Irish people. As all parties elected will struggle with the formation of a working government, Michael Martin seems to have taken up the RENUA baton and is running ahead with some of these proposals”.
Anne said “Also contained in this document and further developed in the RENUA MANIFESTO is the plan to make available the minutes of Cabinet meetings within a reasonable timeframe thereafter, and the appointment of members to the many and varied Dáil committees on a more equitable basis both in terms of party representation and gender. This is a time of great change, with a need for openness and transparency in Irish politics.”
She concluded “There will be some reluctance towards “out with the old; in with the new” but as new ideas and reforms are embraced by the democratic majority we will certainly move in the right direction. Dáil reform is a MUST to give full effect to the will of the Irish people that our elected representatives be accountable for their words and actions Made in Our name. Our core belief in this will drive the party forward to show the Irish People that RENUA’s policies are a change for the good of the people.