#Gilligan4Change #GE16 Campaign
Right, it has been decided. I’m running as a candidate in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency as an independent for change candidate. I have been asked to run by activists inside and outside of Carlow-Kilkenny and have been considering it for a long time but had knocked the idea. But, it really is time to just get out there and say the things that need saying and put the issues that need talking about out there and up for debate. I had thought it was too soon and we had enough candidates running here but I’ve been convinced that the constituency and the candidates running would benefit by my running and that the fifth seat could be taken by a left-wing candidate if people only had the facts and believed it could be done and I’ve accepted that argument – I’m running!!
I’m running mainly to point towards the corruption; the corruption at a local level which feeds into the national level. Of course there are other issues which I will be addressing and pointing towards. But, and I repeat, the mission is to encourage all of you out there to get out and vote and vote for non-establishment candidates and give NO transfers to Fianna Fail, Labour, Fine Gael, Renua, the Greens…these parties protect the interests of the market rather than people. OUR economy should be built upon OUR needs and not the interests of the rich.
I’ve no money for all the glossy stuff as I’m not a member of the brown envelope parties but I believe in people power and our ability to work outside of that. I’m involved in local campaigns and they will have to run fundraisers pretty soon, due to lack of remaining funds, so I am not going to do any special fundraising for this election campaign and take from that pot but will ask anyone who can spare a few quid and who agrees that I could say a few things and possibly push another change candidate into that fifth seat – please give what you can to this cause. Carlow and Kilkenny would benefit greatly by having someone to fight for people focused legislation and policies.
If elected, I will be sitting with Clare Daly and Mick Wallace and will work alongside like-minded independents and groups – I will lend a hand to any cause and help as I always have to empower our communities in Carlow-Kilkenny towards real democracy…also, I will continue the work of Right2Change and working with all of those on the mission to bring about a republic – the republic envisioned in the proclamation and one based upon principles of social solidarity, democracy, justice, fairness, and equality. I will not ever be a politician in any sense of the word I promise to always take my lead from my community and constituency. I am an activist and will expect to be held to account and kept grounded by fellow activists. It is always people who keep politicians honest and it will be activists who will keep a fellow activist in check.
You’re all welcome to join-in and help this noble cause. I am not running as myself; unfortunately, I have to put a name on the ballot paper but I’d feel much more comfortable being called a group rather than Keith Gilligan but that’s how this game works. So, vote Keith Gilligan number 1 and please transfer to the Right2Change candidates in Kathleen Function and Adrienne Wallace. We will get the change that we demand and vote for…no more votes for corruption!!
Please donate whatever you can. No amount is too small, it all adds up, and all will be a welcome advance towards the target. Please don't all donate over the €100 mark where donation statements will have to be filled ;)
Important: I am only legally allowed to accept donations from Irish residents and Irish citizens. Please also fill in your address so as I can fufill the Standards in Public Office obligations - thanks everyone!
I'm going to close this crowd funding thing on Sunday and say a massive thanks to people who have donated and shared and just been incredibly sound. Money is scarce about the place and the donations have been really appreciated by all of us. We haven't made the target(unless there's a massive donation spree!) which means you'll be saved from having to look at my face around Carlow and Kilkenny - but maybe that's a good thing?! ;)
Some of us discussed earlier the idea that an online campaign with some sponsored posts may be the way to go! But, we're still relying on people power to spread the word! I'm a firm believer in people power - so, it's up to people out there now to spread the message!
I'm not a politician and never will be...I'm just a straight talking committed community activist who isn't fond of listening to lies and BS. If that's what people want - then they can vote for me - if not, then that's fine too :) I'll still be a committed activist as I can't see anything changing without action...
Massive thanks to everyone for the support - we're all absolutely over the moon with the response!! It's brilliant really! Delighted!
Thanks to everyone who has donated already and to all those who are sharing stuff from the page. It really helps - thanks everyone!!
We all know that Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, and Labour have massive party machines and resources but we have community. It's great to be a part of a growing movement! The movement for real change!
Well done again everyone!!