For­mer Garda Brendan to run in lo­cal elec­tion


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RE­TIRED garda Brendan Thorn­hill is hop­ing to take on an al­to­gether dif­fer­ent pub­lic role by run­ning for of­fice.

He has de­clared his in­ten­tion to run in the lo­cal elec­tion in May as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date.

Brendan re­tired in 2012 af­ter more than 22 years as a com­mu­nity garda in Bray and 30 years as a garda al­to­gether. An Ir­ish speaker who also has a few words of Man­darin, he is Chair­man of the Board of Gaelscoil Ui Cheadaigh in Bray.

He ex­plained that he is run­ning from the point of view of the com­mu­nity. ‘ That is where I made my name,’ he said. ‘ I met ev­ery­one, old and young and from all walks of life and went in to their houses, heard their sto­ries,’ said Brendan.

‘I have taken time out to lis­ten to people and people want to be lis­tened too, it’s very im­por­tant.’

He said that he knows that he as one per­son can’t change ev­ery­thing. ‘ But as Con­fu­cius said, ev­ery jour­ney starts with a sin­gle step.’

He said that the people in the com­mu­nity are hurt­ing. They are suf­fer­ing, he said, as a re­sult of things such as aus­ter­ity and taxes.

‘ The whole thing is fall­ing apart and people are very stressed out.’

Is­sues Mr Thorn­hill is keen to tackle in­clude im­prove­ment of the ap­pear­ance of derelict sites; tourism, em­ploy­ment, park­ing, and the pro­mo­tion of the cliff walk.

He said that he be­lieves there should be coun­cil re­form in terms of pay­ments like pen­sions, gra­tu­ities and ter­mi­na­tion pay­ments to coun­cil­lors.

Anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and drugs are im­por­tant is­sues for Brendan who said that ed­u­ca­tion is key in solv­ing these prob­lems.

‘My pas­sion is people,’ said Brendan. ‘ They want to be lis­tened to and to have a quiet life with­out has­sles.’

El­derly people would be ex­tremely im­por­tant to Brendan. He said that they are very vul­ner­a­ble.

You can sit back and re­lax in life or you can stand up and be counted, he said on his de­ci­sion to run for elec­tion.

Brendan Thorn­hill can be con­tacted on (086) 3779085 or bren­dan­thorn­hillvotenum­

Brendan Thorn­hill.

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