Michael O’Dowd to run in EU elec­tions

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DROGHEDA man Michael O’Dowd has been se­lected to con­test this year’s Euro­pean elec­tions.

Renua Ire­land has se­lected him to be its can­di­date in the North-West Midlands con­stituency. The theme of his Euro­pean cam­paign is Fam­ily, Com­mu­nity and Coun­try.

‘’It is im­por­tant that vot­ers have real choices on the ma­jor is­sues at next year’s elec­tions. The Euro­pean bu­reau­cracy is de­ter­mined to turn Europe into a su­per­power. While do­ing so it is tram­pling on ev­ery­thing that is truly pow­er­ful about Europe – fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties and the na­tion state,’ he said.

DROGHEDA man Michael O’Dowd has been se­lected to con­test this year’s Euro­pean elec­tions.

Renua Ire­land has se­lected him to be their can­di­date in the North-West Midlands con­stituency. The theme of his Euro­pean cam­paign is Fam­ily, Com­mu­nity & Coun­try.

‘’It is im­por­tant that vot­ers have real choices on the ma­jor is­sues at next year’s elec­tions. The Euro­pean bu­reau­cracy is de­ter­mined to turn Europe into a Su­per-Power. While do­ing so it is tram­pling on ev­ery­thing that is truly pow­er­ful about Europe – fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties and the Na­tion State,’ he stated. ‘When Euro­pean bu­reau­crats dream of cre­at­ing a Euro­pean Army, Ir­ish par­ents dream of grow­ing old with their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren around them. When Euro­pean bu­reau­crats work to strike new trade deals which will see cheap south-Amer­i­can beef im­ported into Europe, Ir­ish farm­ing fam­i­lies work sim­ply to sur­vive. When EU bu­reau­crats pri­ori­tise the banks, it is fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties in Ire­land who bear the bur­den. We de­serve a re­formed EU – an EU which puts cit­i­zens first.’

He says the com­ing elec­tion will also see a cul­tural bat­tle with an ‘in­tol­er­ant lib­eral elite try­ing to stymie de­bate and dis­cus­sion on a range of so­cial is­sues.’

The for­mer lo­cal coun­cil­lor wants to give Drogheda a spe­cific voice in Drogheda to boost city sta­tus.

‘On a per­sonal level I also want to throw a light on the treat­ment of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. The HSE has let those of us con­cerned about this is­sue down badly. Their neg­li­gence needs to be high­lighted and ex­posed‘’

Michael has been a highly ac­tive cam­paigner for the rights of peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties for many years and is a board mem­ber of Able­vi­sion Ire­land, a me­dia pro­duc­tion and train­ing com­pany for peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties.

Michael O’Dowd.

Michael O’Dowd

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