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Meet the candidate: Ballymahon Municipal District PJ Walsh (Independent)

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Meet the candidate: Ballymahon Municipal District PJ Walsh (Independent)

Meet the candidate: Ballymahon Municipal District PJ Walsh (Independent)

Name: PJ Walsh
Party: Independent
Address: 6 Slí na Móna, Ballymahon, County Longford
Occupation: Retired

Why have you decided to run in the Local Elections?
Local Authority Rents
I myself am a Local Authority tenant.
In March 2019, Longford County Council wrote to me and informed me that my weekly rent was to be almost trebled. I was astounded! There was no prior consultation and no warning of what was to be applied by way of rent increases.
I rang the Council Housing Section and looked for an explanation. I was told that this was what they had decided in my case and would not explain why. I wrote and registered a letter to these people seeking details. I got no reply to date.
Having consulted with others, I discovered that these penal rent increases were applied across the board. I did some homework and confirmed that the members of Longford County Council had approved these increases at a meeting on September 18, 2018. (I have the minutes of the meeting).
I sought legal opinion on the application of this 10 year review in one year and was advised that this action was unconstitutional. Following discussions with other Local Authority tenants I decided to run in the Local Elections and if elected, I will fight this injustice from the inside, and in every court in Ireland and Europe if necessary.

Why should people vote for me?
In the past, without any political platform, I have taken on the system and won on issues such as:
Closing Ballymulvey dump.
Saving the River Shannon from diversion to Dublin.
Saving Longford courthouse.
Preserving the ‘Commons North’ in Lanesboro.
Addressing historical clerical sex abuse issues in the diocese.
Lacking in area
There are no safe parking areas for well over 1000 local school children or students in primary, secondary or vocational school.
(Please consult my Facebook Page for more information)