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As many of you will know, I am contesting the Roscommon-South Leitrim Bye Election which is likely to be called for October 10th, 2014. This is an election to fill the vacated seat of Luke 'Ming' Flanagan who has been elected to the European Parliament.
We have built a great team so far and are growing every day as support flows in from all parts of the constituency and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all, but now the time has come to start knocking on doors and letting the people of the constituency know what we're all about.
We face the might of the monolithic party political machines that are Fianna Fail and Fine Gael who have pre-packed supporters in every town and village across the constituency and beyond. Given that this is the first time I am contesting an election, and as an Independent, I don't have the organisation on the ground that they have, yet.
That is why I am appealing to the people of Roscommon & South Leitrim; If you are happy to see Fianna Fail or Fine Gael take a seat in this by-election then so be it, but if you're not... If you're a little bit sick and tired of broken promises, cronyism and party politics that has neglected rural Ireland for decades then I am asking for your support.
What Is The Reality of This By-Election -
If you are willing to give me a chance, give youth a chance, then maybe we can use this opportunity to take a stand and send a message to Fianna Fail & Fine Gael that we do not want to return the the politics of yesterday. That we want move away from the revolving door of a predominantly two party system where-by we all forget the atrocities of yesterday on the soon to be broken promise of a better tomorrow.
This election will not affect the structure of government. The elected candidate will have limited ability to do anything, in real terms whoever is elected will be a glorified place-holder for 18 months until the 2016 general election, but symbolically this election is so much more than that. It is a referendum on the party political system that has lead a once proud country to it's knees and has allowed corruption infest it's core. It is an opportunity for the people of Roscommon & South Leitrim to send a message loud and clear to Dublin that we won't buy into the soft-talk of parties that have lied to us before and will continue to do so in the future. It's an opportunity to make it clear that we don't want to be represented by “yes people” that have been selected by the party hierarchy because they look-good on paper. It is an opportunity to effect some real change in how government treats us.
We have the votes. It's time for us to use them.
Emmett Corcoran | Independent Candidate | Roscommon South Leitrim By-Election | 2014
"The issue of overcrowding in our hospitals has gone on for far too long. The use of trolleys shows a lack of respect for human dignity. The idea that people, in particular older people, would have their privacy denied by being placed on a trolley at a time when they are ill or infirm, in 2014, is ludicrous. Our health service is long overdue on meeting it's obligation to patients in this respect. This issue should be one of our new Health Ministers top priorities" - Emmett Corcoran
INMO figures reveal that in July of 2014, 5,535 patients admitted for inpatient care found themselves either on a trolley in an emergency department, or placed on an additional bed/trolley on an inpatient ward across the nation. These statistics coming out at a time when there are 2,000 beds remaining closed nationwide due to budgetary issues.
Figures from this past July also show a 187% increase in the number of patients on trolleys in emergency departments from July the previous year at Sligo Regional Hospital alone. A staggering statistic and one that should force the HSE and the Minister for Health to act as we face into the autumn/winter period.
Regardless of the current budgetary constraints facing the HSE, there is unprecedented evidence that additional funding needs to be allocated immediately in order for our hospitals to cope with demand. The HSE must allow for the opening of closed beds and the recruitment of additional staff.
Patients are being left without dignity and privacy, and the situation is also resulting in excessive workloads being placed on already overstretched front-line staff.
The question must be asked is anyone listening, or more importantly responding, when it is obvious that major change is needed for the interests of patients?
In 2009 I stayed a night in Roscommon hospital. I spent it on a trolley. As a young person I didn't mind all that much that I was on a trolley, but I remember an older lady just down the hall from me. She was visibly distressed about not having sufficient privacy. There is a real problem of patients having their dignity taken from them when they are left on trolleys for hours unending, and we need to change that.
It seems ridiculous that we have had this problem of overcrowding and the use of trolleys to meet demand for the better part of the last decade, and measures have still not been put in place to solve the problem.
I'm not an expert on health issues, but the closure of Roscommon's A&E, as many have pointed out, seems to be causing much of the overcrowding at many of our neighbouring hospitals. It is plain to see that the new Minister for Health must at least examine the possibility of re-opening the A&E at Roscommon Hospital, and in doing so look at it from the perspective of investing in our county hospital for the long term, and ensuring that the A&E would be adequately resourced.
We here much talk that the hospital is now safer, and busier than ever and that we have safeguarded the future of the hospital. This is all true, but this should always have been the case.
We see figures this week showing our population is growing despite mass emigration. If we don't put tangible measures in place now to deal with current levels of over-crowding the issue is only going to compound. This really is a matter of a stitch in time saves nine.
It is long past the time that the HSE should put resources in place to end this ongoing problem of overcrowding and the undignified use of trolleys.
Emmett Corcoran | Independent Candidate | Roscommon-South Leitrim By-Election | 2014
I received these letters from Michael Dryhurst a gentleman hailing from Four Mile House in Co. Roscommon. I was absolutely honoured to receive these letters from Michael. Despite the fact they didn't get published in the respective publications he forwarded them to I felt it would be a worthwhile exercise to publish them on my own blog (with Mr. Dryhursts permission of course).
Now I'm sure some of you may think that this is some sort of stunt, but all I can do is ask you t take them at face value.
TIME TO RING-IN THE NEW?
I write as one who'll never see 75 again, but am prompted to do so by the observations of Mr.Emmett Corcoran, as reported in your issue of Friday last, 15th August.
And I think Mr.Corcoran is right. For ages we have been governed by mean-spirited, luddite old men, who between them have not a spark of initiative and whatever 'get-up-and-go' they might once have possessed, it has long since got-up and gone. We have a national government of old men, we have a Dial opposition of old men and our parish pump party-political system ensures that only 'yes-men' members of the respective 'Old Boys Club' will be welcomed into the system.
Mr.Corcoran maybe young, but he has been born into the IT age of instant knowledge and information thus he is armed sufficiently to see the appalling inertia which is the hallmark of today's rural Ireland. Nobody cares! Look at the County Councillors who lost their seats in the recent local elections and the pay-off they've received, a pay-off paid by the taxpayer? If I take a job in the private sector and for reasons beyond my control I lose my job, am I compensated for my loss by the tax-payer? No way! And the same should apply to ALL elected persons in our All-Ireland nepotism-riddled political system. Mr.Paddy Kilduff avers all councillors should keep their pay-off because '...they've earned it'. Paddy, tell that to the workers of Carrick-on-Shannon... And tell me Mr.Kilduff, who twisted your arm, and that of your fellows, to be councillors? I don't suppose ego and avarice are part of the mix? So, in my humble opinion, let's have many more youthful candidates contesting all elections, and more power to the elbow of Mr.Corcoran; if only I was young enough to campaign for him.
Long live youth! Consign to the bin the has-beens and never will-be's, who govern us yet know nothing.
As one who will never see again seventy-five, I write to say how encouraged I was to read the sentiments expressed by Mr.Emmett Corcoran in your issue of Tuesday, 5th August.
Encouraged? Well, here's a person ready to take on the entrenched of Leinster House, the grumpy grey-haired old men of Irish politics, who take much so out of the
political-party controlled system, but rarely, if ever, give back anything to the electorate? I mean, take the Taoiseach. I'm sure End Kenny TD is a very honourable man, but in some 32+years in the Dial, what has he actually given to the Irish people, except perhaps the art of lying (eh, for starters, Roscommon Hospital..)? However, by way of a TD's pension, Minister's pension, Party-Leader's pension and Taoseach's pension, we know what Edda Kenny will be taking away from the Irish people by way of pensions, eh? Multiply that by all the Grumpy Old Men in Leinster House shortly to be qualifying for these obscene pensions, and no wonder the country is on its knees economically and from which it will never recover, because all of those pundits view the country through Cliath lenses? Eh, the Emperor's clothes...? If ever there was a time to introduce Term Limits for politicians in Ireland, that time is nigh!
I understand Mr.Corcoran is but 22-years of age, but to his benefit he has been brought-up in the IT age, the age of the Internet, the age of instant information from any part of the world, when at that same age Michael Noonan, Enda Kenny or Joan Burton etc., etc., were wrestling with their 8-track audio tapes... In my humble opinion, we need in the Dial the likes of the Emmett Corcoran's of this world, who see immediately all of the cosiness and incestuosness of Irish party politics which benefit nobody, but nobody. Except, of course, the Status Quo as exemplified by the pique of Pat Rabbitte. And what will be the size of his pension/s?
Go for it Mr.Corcoran, more power to your (independent) elbow and be not afraid to upset the cosy applecart of stagnant Irish politics.. But try to be a conscientious politician; never forget those who supported you, and believed in your ideals.
Emmett Corcoran | Independent Candidate | Roscommon-South Leitrim By-Election | 2014
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