Cllr Kathleen Funchion pledges to formulate a “youth contract” for Carlow Kilkenny
Sinn Féin by-election candidate, Cllr Kathleen Funchion, has pledged to formulate a “youth contract” for Carlow Kilkenny if elected as a TD on Friday.
Cllr Funchion made the commitment today as she urged young and first time voters to back her campaign to deliver effective public representation for the constituency.
“The idea is to develop a contract for the effective representation of young people in Carlow Kilkenny. The process would involve sitting down with a panel of younger people, stakeholders and organisations operating in the youth sector to devise an agreement focused on the main issues impacting young people in constituency. It will be a specific agreement between the young people of Carlow Kilkenny and their TD.
"My responsibility would be to formulate and push for the implementation of programmes, tailored to the needs of young people in Carlow Kilkenny, that would address those issues.
“The concerns of young people will not be progressed by voting for candidates who represent an approach to public representation that is about preserving the status-quo.
" I am urging young people and first time voters to get behind my campaign to deliver effective and dynamic representation for Carlow Kilkenny.
“The campaign for marriage equality has energised many young people. It has motivated them to engage with a political system to which they had been previously indifferent and resentful.
“Who could blame them? It is a system that marginalises younger people and tells them that their views and interests matter only up to a certain point.
“That is the archaic message the system sends to young people while delivering a frightening level of youth unemployment, the scourge of forced emigration, and exploitative schemes such as JobBridge.
“Young people are exhausted from politicians paying lip-service to the issues that affect them.
"When I am canvassing, young people tell me that they want commitments to which their public representatives can be held accountable.
"This initiative is not a promise. It is a commitment.
“That is what I am offering with a ‘youth contract’. Unlike the conservative parties, Sinn Féin is not about dictats and lip-service. Sinn Féin is about engagement and delivery.”