Meet the candidate: Granard Municipal District Mark Maguire (Sinn Féin)
Name: Mark Maguire
Party: Sinn Féin
Address: Aughnacliffe village
Occupation: Farmer and plasterer
Why have you decided to run in the local elections?
I was approached 5 years ago by Sinn Féin to run in the local elections. After giving it some thought, and discussing it with my partner Emma, my family and friends, we decided that I just had too much going on at that time. I was still in my early twenties, our son Jayden was still very young and we had another baby on the way. I was still learning my trade and had just taken over the farm. But I gave an undertaking to study and learn as much as I could between then and now about what people need and want from a councillor in our area.
Why should people vote for you?
I am the youngest candidate in County Longford. People of all ages are looking for younger more energetic and hard working candidates to lobby and work on their behalf. Another question that has been put to me on several occasions is that ‘will I not be too busy to help people if I get this job?’
They are fed up of Councillors treating the job as part time and as just an extra pay packet. If elected I will not be returning to the building sites. I will be treating the job as my full time employment and I believe that's the way it should be. I am not shy or afraid of hard work and love helping people.
And to the people outside of Colmcille Dromard and Ballinamuck you might not be in my area but if elected I guarantee I’ll be in yours!
What do you think is lacking in your area and what will you be campaigning for?
* A fair deal for farmers and a proper price for beef.
* Strongly opposing carbon tax.
* Greater support and help for older people living in their own homes.
* Greater opportunities and training for our young people.
* Serious investment and providing broadband to rural Ireland.
* Tackling rural isolation and the provision of rural transport.