PUBLISHED IN THE CLARE PEOPLE, MARCH 31, 2015
After going virtually uncontested in the last General Election, the Burren region looks set to be the key battleground for 2016 – with a second North Clare candidate entering the race.
Inagh native, Roisin Garvey, has been selected to represent the Green Party, after meeting with party leader Eamon Ryan in Dublin last week.
Roisin, who is the daughter of former Fianna Fail councillor and Mayor of Clare Flan Garvey, says she hopes to gain support from right across the political spectrum in the month ahead. She confirmed yesterday that she has the full support of her father, who will be putting his party allegiances aside to campaign for her in the months ahead.
Ms Garvey’s nomination comes hot on the heels of Noeleen Moran’s nomination for Sinn Fein last week.
“I expect to have to work hard to convince people in Clare that Green is a good option for them. I think it’s time for people to think differently and to give the Greens a second chance,” said Roisin.
“I’ve been involved in community activism for a number of year in my local area where Noeleen – we heard about her for the first time ahead of the last local election. I think we are two very different candidates and from very different parts of North Clare.”
Garvey was approached to run as a Green candidate a number of months ago but came to a final decision just last week.
“People feel very negative about political parties at the moment – with favourites and nepitism and things being done badly. That is not the way the Green Party operates,” said Roisin.
“I work with young people and I often wonder ‘who do these people have to vote for’. I want to be someone that young people can vote for.”
Garvey has been involved in a number of voluntary organisations in North Clare in recent years including Ennistymon Scouts, Transtion Towns, Fracking Free Clare and Mol An Óige Steiner School.