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Rosaleen McDonagh for Seanad Éireann March 22, 2011

Posted by Tomboktu in Feminism, Human Rights, Inequality, Ireland, Justice.
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Here’s who I’ll be using my vote for.

You too, you can reform the Seanad by giving Rosaleen McDonagh your number one vote. The Seanad needs change not abolition. It needs new voices. It needs diverse voices. It needs to bring forward the diversity of Irish society in a way that is not happening in the Dáil.

Rosaleen McDonagh is an Independent candidate. She has no familial or political affiliations with politicians or political parties. As a Traveller woman with a disability, Rosaleen is an alternative voice. The call for change, for political reform, comes from the margins of Irish society whose voice is not heard in the sheltered realms of the Oireachtas.

Rosaleen is running for the Seanad to:

  • Change politics and reform the Seanad by offering a new voice, perspective and analysis,
  • Reinvigorate the debate for economic, social, political and cultural equality in Ireland,
  • Advance Travellers’ rights and secure a new deal for a community that has been confined to the margins of Irish society for generations.
  • Give visibility to issues of human rights in particular for people with disabilities, for women who experience violence, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people, and for other minority ethnic groups in our society.
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    1. EamonnCork - March 23, 2011

    Good luck to her, though I don’t have a vote in this election. I thought Jesse Jackson’s call the other day for Obama to meet Traveller groups on his visit here was timely and insightful. That enormous cut in traveller support teacher numbers was a pretty obvious act of wanton spite.

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    2. Mark P - March 23, 2011

    Does she have any actual policies?

    That sounds snide, but I’m serious. I can’t find anything about where she stands on things like the bank guarantee or NAMA on her site and I can’t even find much in the way of concrete policies on traveller’s rights. Am I somehow missing them?

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    3. Tomboktu - March 26, 2011

    Curious timing by RTÉ. “She’s Not Mine”, a play by Rosaleen McDonagh, is being broadcast during the election campaign.

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