The Gazette joined Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin Rathdown, Senator Mary White, in Stepaside last week as she visited as she visited Stepaside with party leader Micheál Martin.
Martin came to Stepaside to discuss the long-standing issue of the closure of the local Garda station, which has seen many residents become fearful over increased crime in the area. Senator White and Martin have both pledged to reopen the station, if elected.
Local business owner Michael Fleming, of Fleming’s Butcher’s, told the Gazette that he would support the senator and the party based on their promise to reopen the station. When asked if he believed the promises, he wasn’t sure, but he was happy to support Senator White for her continued works in the area.
With her own words – “I will get things done” – White is a determined candidate who focuses a great deal on ensuring practical measures are undertaken to improve the lives of her constituents.
“I spearheaded the defence on the Dargle river in Loreto Park, and now it will never flood again”, she said.
Senator White also stopped to speak with the chief executive and founder of the Move 4 Parkinsons group, Mags Mullarney, about the HSE and how certain systems need to be changed.
The senator’s husband, businessman Padraic White, was out for the meeting with Martin. He praised his wife’s work and told the Gazette that they had been visiting the Rosemount – Taney residents previously to show the party leader the lack of community facilities that they, and senator White, have long been campaigning for.
A troupe of the senator’s supporters and canvassers, who included her sister Olive and local Fianna Fáil councillors Shay Brennan, Tom Murphy, Liam Dockery, and Gerry Horkan, all met in the Stone Grill Restaurant and cheered for her when she walked in.
They were also joined by the retired sergeant of Stepaside Garda Station, John Keating.
Senator White’s canvassers told the Gazette that the main issues on the campaign trail were the reopening of the station and inheritance tax, which affects homeowners in South Dublin where the average house price is €520,000.
She said that she is working for a “more equitable and less punitive tax regime”.
By Emma Nolan
Published in the Dundrum Gazette, Thursday February 25 2016