Meet the candidate: Granard Municipal District Victor Connell (Fianna Fáil)
Name: Victor Connell
Party: Fianna Fáil
Address: Killoe, Co Longford
Why have you decided to run in the Local Elections?
To represent the north Longford region and to try and improve it for the people that live there and also to try and attract more people to visit this beautiful area.
Another reason is to raise as much awareness around mental health and trying to be proactive rather than reactive and start bringing the help closer to the people and make it easier to access.
I also want to be a voice for people who are disabled or disadvantaged in some way. I also want to raise the standards of accessibility within the region for all people i.e parents with buggies, wheelchair users etc. Being in a wheelchair gives me that unique view so it’s not only a box ticking exercise. I will strive to make Longford a more accessible and inclusive place for all to live.
Why should people vote for you?
I think people should vote for whoever they think is the best candidate for them. Hopefully people will see that I have a lot of enthusiasm and drive to represent and improve all aspects of the area. I hope that people will relate to the issues on my manifesto in regards to mental health, inclusion and universal accessibility. I also hope that people will look and my history of achieving the things I set my mind to and having the determination to get ‘it’ done.
What do you think is lacking in your area and what will you be campaigning for?
Tourism needs to be addressed and promoted. Universal accessibility needs to be more to the forefront.
Physical and mental health issues need to be raised with more education around it and more services available. These need to start with the youth and my hope is to introduce mindfulness into all national schools in the area.
To try and include everyone in our area and try and stop the isolation and loneliness.