Occasionally, I am asked what my stance is on the Irish language.
I attended the Right2Change meeting at Northern Cross in September of last year and I believe that Right2Change is a progressive platform – in fact I personally agree with about 90% of what it advocates.
On Tuesday, the 16th of February, I was interviewed on the Late Debate on RTÉ Radio 1 alongside Jim O’Callaghan of Fianna Fáil, Naoise O’Muirí of Fine Gael and Eamon Ryan of the Green Party Dublin.
Ifedinma, Tony, Ake and myself were out canvassing again last Saturday – this time in Donabate. With about 3000 doors knocked we still have a long way to go, but it is really heartening to hear so many people agreeing with my views on digital democracy. The cynics are wrong – people do want to have a voice and are a lot more informed politically than the main parties give them credit for.
A core part of my platform is introducing direct digital democracy (see here and here. For this reason, I can only give information on what I will do in the event that we do not hold a poll on the issue in Fingal and my wishes are not countermanded by my constituents. Everything is always subject to that caveat.
Although the State is technically responsible for education, in that there is a Ministry that nominally oversees it and the State provides a large chunk of educational funding, the entire Irish school system lacks central coordination. That means that schools set their own admissions policies, and in doing so they are explicitly allowed to make certain discriminations, eg. in favour of children confirmed in a certain religion or in favour of children of past pupils, etc.