Dublin: Ringsend Community Centre Hosts Information Fare For Election Candidates

18 Feb

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Ringsend and Irishtown Community Centre (RICC) hosted a ‘fair election fare’ in their premises today Friday, February 18th 2011 at 12.30pm where local political election candidates and representatives were invited to answer questions from key members of the community.Each candidate had a stall at which to set out their wares. The purpose of the event, organised by the RICC Board and Management, was to give the electorate a real opportunity to ask real questions and get real answers in the run up to the General Election 2011.

Among those in attendance were; Chris Andrews TD Fianna Fáil, John Gormley Leader of the Green Party, Councillor Kevin Humphreys Labour,

New Independent Councillor Mannix Flynn, New Independent Candidates Dylan Haskins, Hugh Sheehy, Noel Watson, James Coyle and Peadar O’Ceallaigh, Lucinda Creighton TD Fine Gael, Eoghan Murphy Fine Gael, Councillor Ruadhán Mac Aodháin Sinn Féin and People Before Profit Candidate Annette Mooney.

RICC took the initiative of reaching out to locals, including those who are involved in the areas of; Youth, Retirement, Disability, Community Development and Employment and to give them a chance to highlight any concerns that they may have.

 Alexander Downes, Chair of the RICC board commenting on the initiative said, ‘We are delighted to be able to host this election fare, thereby placing the local community at the heart of the political debate. The aim is to provide the opportunity for people to meet with all candidates face-to-face and ask the pressing questions that need urgent attention now, and over the coming years.’

Ringsend and Irishtown Community Centre was set up in 1989 to serve the needs of the community.We have an integrated approach to the provision of services from “cradle to grave”, with approximately 35,000 usages/year. From the Creche to the Active Retirement Group, we cater for our Youth and those in our community with mental and physical disabilities. From legal and political advice to gardening, dance and yoga, the Centre is at the heart of our multi-cultural community. We also reach out, with our Breakfast Club and Afterschool programmes. We are recognised as one of the best community service providers in Ireland.

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