Two weeks ago I announced that I will run as an Independent candidate in the constituency of Dublin South. I have been heartened by the support I have already received from constituents and indeed from people all over the country. Thank you.
This is a critical time in Ireland’s history. Citizens are rightly angry. For some months I have been considering running for the Dáil as an independent candidate. The long battle I have waged against the banks and the national humiliation of the deal with the IMF in December has convinced me that it is now time to offer a fresh rallying cry for radical change.
My experiences with the abuses at Fas, CIE and other state bodies, specifically the chronic cronyism infecting the Irish political system, has convinced me that it is time to roll up my sleeves and challenge the oligarchy that has taken the controls in Ireland .
Several like-minded independents are set to stand in other constituencies. If elected, I plan to join with them to change the entire political system to end the culture of cronyism, to break the circle of powerful people ruling our country and to liberate those citizens who are now suffering high taxes, negative equity, unemployment and cuts in childrens’ allowances as a result of their policies.
It is time for an end to tribal politics.
Senator Shane Ross
PS : Why Dublin South? My roots are in the constituency. I was born in Sandyford, reared in Stepaside, at school in Dundrum and lived in Carrickmines until a few years ago. I currently live five minutes outside the boundary.