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Letter and email from Leo Varadkar -Fine Gael -Dublin West February 24, 2011

Many thanks to the sender who notes…
The Deputy declares that this has been a short campaign so he hasn’t been able to get around everywhere.
In the attached he describes it as a long and difficult campaign.
Also on the back of the attached – Side 2 – he provides a sample ballot paper; it omits Clement Esebamen – the only Independent and non-Irish candidate.

Leos Email to those on his mailing list

Dear *****,
As the election campaign draws to a close, I am writing to thank you for the courtesy and time that you extended to me and my canvass team at homes, shopping centres, train stations and church gates across the constituency. It has been a relatively short campaign and unfortunately it was not possible for us to canvass everyone personally. I am sorry if I did not get to meet you in person on this occasion.
Many voters are very angry about all that has happened to our economy and country in the past few years. Some are dismayed and disillusioned about politics and do not see any hope for the future no matter who is in power.
But, there is always hope. The next few years are going to be tough but Ireland has triumphed over adversity in the past and with the right people and the right policies, we can do so again. The first step is a change of government. Fine Gael is best placed to offer stable government and safe change with our Five Point Plan led by our strong front bench team. Our plan will (1) reform and reduce the cost of politics; (2) end the two-tier health system; (3) balance the budget by 2016 while keeping taxes down; (4) invest in the economy and support business in order to create jobs; and (5) transform our public sector to provide better services for tax-payers and a better place to work for public servants.
Unlike other parties, Fine Gael has stayed positive throughout this campaign and has promoted our plan rather just attacking other the plans of other parties.
Recent polls suggest that Fine Gael might be able to form a government on our own.

The country needs strong and stable government so that we can regain our economic independence. Governing with the help of independents or in coalition with the Labour Party is far from ideal. We want to maximise the number of seats we win so that our plan will not be diluted and we can ensure that the new government will last. Dublin West could deliver that crucial 83rd seat.

For this reason, we are going all out to take two seats in Dublin West. To do this, we are asking our supporters to vote tactically. Therefore I am asking all Fine Gael supporters living in Kieran’s electoral area of Blanchardstown, Clonsilla, Mulhuddart and Clonee/Ongar to give Kieran Dennison their No. 1 vote and to give me their No. 2 vote. I am still asking people living in Castleknock and Swords to give me their No. 1 vote.

Polls are open from 7am to 10pm on Friday. In the unlikely event that your polling card has not arrived, you can still vote so long as you are registered to do so. Do not forget to bring identification with you.

Yours faithfully
P.S. We are emailing you on foot of previous correspondence with my team. If you not like to receive future emails, please let me know by reply.

The Letter


6 Responses to “Letter and email from Leo Varadkar -Fine Gael -Dublin West”

  1. John Says:

    Don’t you have to be Irish to stand for election to the Dáil?

    • Tomboktu Says:

      What relevance does that have to the exclusion of a Black candidate from the sample ballot paper by another candidate?

      • John Says:

        I was just referring to the comment that Clement was “non-Irish”. He’s an Irish citizen to the best of my knowledge, which by my book makes him as Irish as anyone else.

  2. Fiona Fleming Says:

    I live in this constituency and was surprised when I went into the polling station on Friday to note that there was an additional candidate on the actual ballot paper. Mr. Varadkar had omitted him from his mock ballot paper? I wonder what the motive behind this omission was.

  3. steve Says:

    To: Enda Kenny and the Irish Government.

    I wish it be known that the public forests belong to the people of Ireland and under no circumstances should they be sold to private interests as a short-sighted economic reaction.

    The economy of Ireland under the Gaelic Order was that of the forests. This great resource was the provider of raw materials, medicine, weapons, tools, charcoal and food (in the form of berries, nuts, fungi, fruit, wild animals, etc.) as well as the basis for spirituality and wisdom. No other country has as many placenames connected to the forest with as many as 40,000 still in existence. Our forests are of great cultural and economic importance, therefore in these uncertain times we must retain full control over this most precious resource.

    The loss of our public forests will mean an area equivalent to two medium sized counties will be gone forever, all the potential benefits to local communities (now needed more than ever) will be lost. Access to rivers and water rights, fishing and hunting rights, wild fruits, nuts, mushrooms and basic access to nature will be removed, as well as the environmental services trees provide.

    The Irish forests need to be placed in a trust to safeguard them now and into the future. We also wish to see the public forests developed and diversified to maximise their potential multiple benefits for the common good of the Nation. This should focus on the conservation, restoration, and enhancement of our neglected native tree species. The native trees of any place are scientifically recognised to be the most valuable land based habitat for biodiversity and ecosystem services.

    We hope that you appreciate the seriousness of this matter, that you will reconsider any notion of selling the public forests and proceed to act in the best interests of the Irish people.

    Kind Regards,

    Stephen Kerr

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