The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on National Drugs Strategy and Community, Jack Chambers TD who has been reselected to contest the general election in Dublin West, has said that it is time for fresh thinking to restore confidence in politics.
Speaking at the convention held in Castleknock Hotel lastnight, Deputy Chambers thanked party members for once again placing their trust in him.
“It is a great honour and privilege to be reselected at convention. I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those who have supported me – both from within the party and also the people of Dublin West who elected me to represent them almost 18 months ago.
“Internationally, populism appears to be in the ascendant. Here in Ireland, people have become disillusioned with the political process; we need a fresh approach and new thinking to take on the challenges of our time.
“The serious shortcomings in the health service, where we have longer than ever waiting lists and massive staff shortages; severe problems in housing and homelessness; a spiraling drug epidemic and stubbornly high youth unemployment rates.
“We’re often described as the “Millennial” or “Snowflake” generation concerned with little else other than Netflix series’ and Snapchat filters, but I believe that young people in Ireland are becoming more engaged. Many are enthused enough to get involved in politics and as a national politician seeking re-election, I hope to cultivate that fresh thinking.
“I wish to stress the importance of finding ways to engage the youth population in political argument but to be tolerant and respectful of all view and opinion.
“Young people, like all citizens must have their voices heard. It’s important to renew confidence in the belief that adequate solutions to Ireland’s social and economic issues can be found,” concluded Deputy Chambers.