When my younger brother, Adam was born with Asperger’s Syndrome, a condition on the Autistic Spectrum, my family’s life was changed forever. I became so frustrated that Ireland was amongst one of the wealthiest countries in the world yet my family and so many others had to fight so hard to access services for children like my brother
We cannot expect to have a political system that commands the highest levels of respect amongst the people of Ireland unless we are completely transparent about how it is funded and unless we have a gender balance in elected politics that is more reflective of our population.
This weekend reflects the history of Young Fine Gael and Garret FitzGerald. It is a weekend that is about ideas and the things people care about.
"The key message from this Minister and this Government is that we must continue to implement our on-going reform agenda for children and families." Jerry Buttimer TD, Chairman of the Oireachtas Health and Children Committee.
I’m asking anyone with an interest in improving the lives of young people to log on to www.dcyagov.ie/consultation-2012 to help shape Government policy.
By coming out to vote Yes the people have the opportunity to declare to the world that Ireland is open for business and is on the path to recovery.
As Fine Gael’s Director of Elections, I have been trying to engage with as many people as possible, through as many platforms as possible, because I believe the Irish people are being asked one of the most important questions in recent years this Thursday.
Voting Yes on Thursday won’t solve all our problems, but it will be a key step along the way, as we rebuild a working Ireland.
At this critical period in our fragile recovery, we need stability, we need certainty and we need confidence in our economy. The fundamental purpose of this treaty is to provide those three elements and for those reasons it is vital for continued security and growth.
This Treaty makes sense. It puts in place rules that amount to good housekeeping and yet it is flexible enough to allow countries save money in good times and dip into a “rainy day” fund when times are not so good.