Michelle is Keane for Open Debate with Election Opponents in Castleisland

Her destination ? Independent candidate Michelle Keane (front right) with a ‘No Vote’ delegation at the gates of Dáil Éireann before the March referendum.

The Knocknagoshel based independent candidate in the forth-coming local elections, Michelle Keane has called on all her political opponents to discuss the issues of the day with her in an open debate.

Ms. Keane has arranged the debate for the River Island Hotel on Thursday next, May 30th as the big day on June 7th careers towards us. She has challenged her opponents to face the electorate of the area on that date to let the people know where they, the candidates, stand on the issue facing those to whom they seek to represent again or for the first time.

Four Sitting Councillors

She particularly wishes to hear from the four sitting area councillors how they used the positions to which they were elected to enhance the lives of the people they represented.

“I have invited all eight candidates in the Castleisland electoral area for 8pm on May 30th for an open debate on the issues of the day. I have sent the invite out on my social media channel and I will appoint an independent moderator to oversee the debate.

“I’m also inviting the people of the area, the electorate, to represent themselves and ask questions of us all who seek their support,” she said.

Lip Service to Democracy

“There is a lot of lip service paid to the process of democracy these days. I can’t think of a better use of our hard won democratic process than for candidates to sit down at a public meeting and answer questions and account for themselves.

“I’m asking for the candidates themselves, no representatives, to come and debate the issues facing the public today.

“This will provide the public with information on the choices they’ll make at the ballot boxes throughout the constituency on June 7th. What could be more democratic than that ? Ms. Keane concluded.

Chamber Alliance Debate Shelved

A public debate being tentatively organised by Castleisland Chamber Alliance earlier has been shelved this week and the would be participants have been notified of its cancellation by social media contact.

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