Fianna Fáil general election candidate Barbara Ahern has today set out her priorities for the forthcoming campaign in the constituency of Cork East.

Barbara Ahern is a 34 year old native of Carrigtwohill.  She holds a Degree in Applied Psychology from UCC and a Masters in Computer Science from UCD.

Barbara is also a Chartered Certified Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor.  Having worked in these professions for a number of years Barbara is seeking election to the Dáil in the forthcoming general election on a platform of reform and the need for greater public services and opportunities for young people.

Barbara said: “I am very pleased to be on the Fianna Fáil ticket for the general election in Cork East.  I have strong ties in the communities, having spent so much of my life growing up here.  My decision to put my name forward for election is really motivated by the need for change.  I have a strong sense of fairness and equality and I don’t think either of these qualities could be applied to the Government’s strategy over the last five years.  I want to represent the people of Cork East as I know there are many people my own age who have lost faith in politics and are really turned off by broken promises and spin over substance.  That has been the hallmark of this government.

“Young people, and in particular young families, need a strong advocate in the Dáil.  They need someone who will stand up for them and for Cork East.  I am committed to being that advocate.

“I have spent a number of years working out of the country, having qualified in my profession here.  This story is not unique to me, far from it.  But I know the impact emigration has on the person concerned and on family members at home.  I want to ensure we deliver an economic recovery that creates jobs for graduates coming through third level now but I also want to see our key sectors grow to support workers who want to return to Ireland.

“I am also committed to fighting for greater childcare opportunities for families and Fianna Fáil will put dignity and respect back at the heart of our community health services.

“I look forward to working with my colleague Councillor Kevin O’Keeffe and continuing to meet people over the course of this campaign in the weeks ahead.”