John Sheamuis O Fearraigh

Glenties, Sinn Féin

John Sheamais O FearraighThe National Women’s Collective – Donegal Women’s Network sent an ‘Open Invitation’ to all Donegal Councillors to respond to questions that have been identified as areas of concern of people in Donegal.

Each councillor was invited to respond and to pledge to undertake specific actions during their term within Donegal County Council.

Below are the questions with the councillor’s response.

 

 

 

 

 

YOUR CANDIDATE JOHN SHEAMUIS O FEARRAIGH
QUESTIONS:  AS A PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATE FOR DONEGAL WHAT SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE TO OFFER?  RESPONSES: “I’ve been involved in local communities for over 20 years in Development and youth and also secured a number of projects through different groups, playground in Falcarragh, meals on wheels with 57 availing of this service, I work with all agencies through the county, I believe in people power, one of my resent defending communities was Bunbeg post office, I organised a public meeting and we secured and additional 3 months until the post makes it final ruling on it which is still ongoing.”
IF ELECTED WILL YOU WORK TOWARDS UPHOLDING AND PROMOTING THE ETHOS OF SOCIAL INCLUSION, EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS? YES
CHILDCARE
QUESTION:  THE COST OF CHILDCARE IN DONEGAL HAS RECENTLY BEEN PROVED TO ACT AS A BARRIER TO LOW INCOME WORKING FAMILIES TO EITHER REMAIN IN OR TAKE UP EMPLOYMENT. WITH AN AVERAGE COST FOR 2 CHILDREN IN FULL TIME DAY CARE EQUATING TO €16,500 PER YEAR AFTER TAX – WHAT WILL YOU DO TO ADDRESS THIS SITUATION AT POLICY LEVEL IN DONEGAL? RESPONSE:  Low income families should be exempt from child care fees and for parents to escape from the poverty threshold, we need to have a bottom up approach on this issue from these families that are being affected, and the corporation between agencies is an important factor in resolving this issue.
CARERS
QUESTION:   IN LIGHT OF THE MANY CUTS TO SERVICES I.E. HOME HELPS, SPECIAL NEEDS ASSISTANTS AND PERSONAL ASSISTANTS, WHAT WILL YOU DO TO ADDRESS THIS SITUATION AT A POLICY LEVEL IN DONEGAL? RESPONSE:  Fight these drastic cuts being implemented on our citizens. If you look at the overall picture it costs more to have people put in homes that providing the care they need by carers in their own homes.
DOMESTIC ABUSE + VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
QUESTIONS:  HAVE YOU OR WILL YOU SIGN UP TO THE MAN-UP CAMPAIGN?  RESPONSES:  YES
WILL YOU UNDERTAKE A HALF DAY WORKSHOP IN 2014 ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE? YES
DONEGAL WOMEN’S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICE HAS RECENTLY EXPANDED THE NUMBER OF ACCOMMODATION UNITS IT SUPPLIES YET THERE HAS BEEN NO FURTHER INCREASE IN FUNDING FROM DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL.  HOW WILL YOU ADDRESS THIS? I will work closely with yourselves to secure funding in this council, again I would have to see the budget that your organisation requires per year , when assessing  the budget I would ask my part Councillors which are elected from all over Donegal to back for  further increase in the budget.
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT)
QUESTION:  IN THE UPCOMING REFERENDUM ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE, WHAT ACTIONS WILL YOU TAKE TO ENSURE A BALANCED DEBATE IN DONEGAL? RESPONSE:  We in Sinn Fein back same sex marriages, and LGBT, so we have it in our policies, the people will decide on the day of the referendum.
TRAVELLERS
QUESTION:   WHAT WILL YOU DO TO ENSURE FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL TRAVELLER ACCOMMODATION 2014-2018 PLAN? RESPONSE: I have not seen this plan yet but I assure you that the traveling community have the same rights as anyone else, they are a part of our society and also our culture, I fully back any funding that would develop and enhance a better way of life for the travelling communities.
WOMEN’S POLITICAL  REPRESENTATION
QUESTIONS:  DO YOU SUPPORT THE 5050 CAMPAIGN TO SECURE EQUAL POLITICAL PARTICIPATION IN IRELAND? RESPONSES:  YES
IF NO PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY. NA
WHAT ACTIONS WILL YOU TAKE WITHIN YOUR PARTY OR AS AN INDEPENDENT TO ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT AT LEAST 30% FEMALE PARTICIPATION IN THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION? We in Sinn Fein have 30% of female Candidates in the resent elections and EU Elections we are totally committed to encourage female politicians, in our party.
EQUALITY IN DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL 
QUESTIONS:  DO YOU AGREE THAT DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL SHOULD BE MORE FAMILY FRIENDLY FOR ITS ELECTED COUNCILLORS? RESPONSES:  NO
WHAT ACTIONS WILL YOU TAKE TO ENSURE THIS CHANGE? Councillors are elected by the people, Councillors are aware of the role and duties they have from taking office.
DO YOU AGREE GENDER EQUALITY IS A FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE UNDERPINNING THE CONCEPT OF SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS IN IRELAND? YES
Part of the “BE INFORMED… about your 2014 Local Election Candidates” by NCCWN-Donegal Women’s Network www.donegalwomensnetwork.com