- 22 May 19
There aren't many charismatic politicians in Ireland, but Mick Wallace is one. That is not reason enough to vote for him – but he happens to be made of the right stuff too...
Mick Wallace is one of the most distinctive politicians to have emerged in Ireland in recent times. And we don’t mean just because of his trademark corkscrew blonde hair! He comes from a business background, so he knows what it’s like to battle against the odds to make something work. He also knows what it is like to fail, through no fault of his own. He was crucified by the banks, in the wake of the economic collapse and ultimately had to file for bankruptcy.
But even during his successful years as a builder and developer, Mick Wallace showed a totally independent streak, going against the grain to emblazon his scaffolding around buildings in Dublin city centre with slogans opposing the war in Iraq. HE has also been very active in exposing corruption in the Gardaí.
A rabid football fan, he put money – when he had it! – back into the sport, supporting Wexford Youths and taking them into the League of Ireland. And he has a genuine grá for Europe, and for Italy in particular, evidenced by his passion for Italian soccer and Italian food. He is the kind of progressive anti-establishment figure that we need more of in Brussels. Mick Wallace will be getting the Hot Press No.1 in the South constituency.
THREE FOR YOUR PREFERENCES
• Grace O’Sullivan has been impressive on the campaign trail. Green issues will be of huge importance over the coming years, both in Europe and beyond. Grace can make a real contribution to that debate. Already a Senator, she is well worth supporting for a promotion.
• A strong trade unionist, Sheila Nunan is currently President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. She is an experienced negotiator and has a deeply rooted commitment to fairness and equality. She would make a powerful advocate for justice in Europe. She deserves a high number.
• Adrienne Wallace was a People Before Profit candidate in the last general election, in 2016, in Carlow. At 28, she is one of the youngest candidates in the European election in Ireland. She was heavily involved in the Repeal the 8th campaign and represents a new generation that deserves representation in Brussels.
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