Cllr John Lahart has been selected to contest the General Election in Dublin South West.
He was selected by Fianna Fáil members at a convention at the Maldron Hotel in Tallaght last night.
John is the Fianna Fáil Leader on South Dublin County Council. Based in Knocklyon, he is self-employed, running his own business along with a psychotherapy practice in Rathfarnham.
Speaking afterwards, he thanked party members for their support.
“It is an honour to be chosen by Fianna Fáil members in Dublin South-West to contest the upcoming general election.
“This is a broad, diverse constituency that has faced a raft of cuts to local services, family supports, social welfare supports and health services since Fine Gael and Labour got into power. Families have been hit with water charges and property taxes at a time when they are already struggling with unmanageable mortgages, rents and spiralling household bills.
“A top priority for me is to tackle the housing crisis in Dublin South West, which has led to record social housing waiting lists, exorbitant rents and hundreds of families forced to live in totally unsuitable temporary accommodation.
“I also believe we need drastic improvements in mental health services that would see counselling services in our schools in audition to guidance counselling. Young children are beginning to display the symptoms of depression at a worryingly young age. Early intervention saves lives and saves the State money in the long-term.
“I intend to mount a robust campaign to reduce the crippling burden of childcare costs for families across Dublin South-West. I am proposing childcare tax breaks for working parents, as well as the co-location of pre-schools on the grounds of schools that can offer much more affordable childcare.
“Every neighbourhood across this constituency has seen an increase in crime levels since this Government came into power. Criminals have become more brazen than ever as local garda resources have been cut to the bone. Fine Gael’s reputation as the law and order party is in tatters. We need to reverse the dangerous cuts to garda resources and start providing proper supports that will allow gardaí to work with communities to prevent and investigate crime.
“This Government has abandoned Dublin South West. There have been four senior Ministers who have come and gone in this newly configured constituency over the past four years, and all of them have stood by cuts and new taxes that have had a serious impact on families here. I very much look forward to working with party members right across the constituency to provide a strong voice for people in Dublin South West.”