Priorities – Aims – What concerns you?

From now until the general election I will be out at the doors in Dun Laoghaire asking people what their main concerns are and what issues trouble them.

These are areas I feel need to be urgently prioritised if we are to aim for a fairer and more equal society:

  • Ensuring fairness and quality of life in our community: the provision of adequate childcare, healthcare, housing and education.
  • Protecting our most vulnerable: fighting for rights of lone parents, carers, the elderly and disabled.
  • Fighting on behalf of small and medium sized enterprises:  local businesses and the self-employed.
  • Supporting a referendum on the repeal of the 8th amendment

All comments welcome – let me know what issues concern you.

Carol

With friends like this? We could go a long way…

Would you like to be a character in Marian Keyes’ next novel or learn how to speak in public like a pro?

If the answer is “Yes”, come along to my fundraiser on November 5th where Marian – as well as putting together a hamper of her favourite cosmetic goodies – is offering a character name in her next novel (Time off for Bad Behaviour) to a lucky contributor.

Also the celebrated company Broadly Speaking is delighted to offer one of my supporters Broadly Speaking’s Make Your Mark public speaking training course. This is 1 x customised public speaking programme (six hours over two or three sessions) for a beginner or intermediate level speaker in 2016. This course, taught mainly to corporate clients, CEOs, managers and leaders is worth over €3k is available to a winning contributor.

These – and lots of other goodies – will be up for grabs at next week’s fundraising launch. It’s on the 5th November. There will be fireworks. See below for details. Book a ticket now!

Fundraiser and Launch for Carol Hunt, Independent Alliance General Election Candidate for Dun Laoghaire.

Eamon Dunphy will be launching my fundraiser on 5th November at Cafe Du Journal, Monkstown. With lots of other interesting people attending (I hope!).

This is fundamentally DIY politics, as I’ve no party and no history of politicians in my family or close circle. Many of us think that entering politics and becoming a candidate is a Very Difficult Thing to do, and Not For The Likes of Us. I’m hoping to prove the opposite – that politics is open to all – men and women (particularly women as we need so many more of them in Leinster House) who don’t necessarily have a political background.

But the requisite literature needs to be printed and posters need to be paid for so I’m holding an evening of wine and tapas, conversation and craic on 5th November and would really appreciate your support. Please come if you can. If you can’t tell your friends and get them to go instead. All offers of help or support gratefully received.

Contribution €60/€80/€100

http://www.eventbrite.ie/e/carol-for-dun-laoghaire-campaign-fundraiser-tickets-19079265597

For all info see carolforelection.com or carolhunt.ie.

Email carolforelection@gmail.com

All donations gratefully accepted.

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“If you don’t like the political system, get involved. Change it.” Dr Noel Browne

One of those weeks, Repeal the 8th and Campaign Fundraiser

It’s been one of those weeks!

First up, on Monday I went to the Swan Women’s Network in Loughlinstown – with Cllr Deirdre Donnelly –  for their coffee morning in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation, only to hear the awful news that after 14 years of working with women in the community they are probably going to have to close because of cutbacks! They have already cut expenses to the bone – they even wash all the towels and bring the rubbish home because they can’t afford Panda costs. Meanwhile we keep hearing about the “recovery”. Recovery for who I’d have to ask?

On Tuesday I went to the Women’s Aid Manifesto launch and once again discussed the crisis facing organisations working with women  – funding continues to be decimated while demand rises. Again, Recovery? For who?

At the launch of Amnesty International/Ireland; #NotACriminal video by Graham Linehan, he and his wife and Roisin Ingle spoke brilliantly and honestly about the realities of having to access abortion – for whatever reasons. We’ve been having the same conversation for thirty years now and still politicians refuse to face reality. [Link to my article in the Herald]

Also yesterday, after over a month missing, the Apple people still couldn’t locate my (under warranty) laptop which was sent for repair in early September. So I still had no Mac.

And after collecting and starting to give out invites to my fundraiser, an eagle eyed Barbara Scully [at the book launch of Eleanor Fitzsimons’s brilliant new book Wilde’s Women] spotted that the date was wrong. (Yes, I know, I know – always check before handing in). So all that printing and paper was wasted.

However, today I got a new replacement computer, new invites printed and I’m off to Tara Flynn’s book launch now (Giving Out Yards) and best of all, a family member who had the dreaded C has been given an excellent prognosis!

Oiche Mhaith.


 

http://www.herald.ie/opinion/carol-hunt-linehans-sad-story-shows-why-a-vote-on-abortion-is-now-vital-34122620.html

Eamon Dunphy will be launching my fundraiser on 5th November at Cafe Du Journal, Monkstown. With lots of other interesting people attending (I hope!).

This is fundamentally DIY politics, as I’ve no party and no history of politicians in my family or close circle. Many of us think that entering politics and becoming a candidate is a Very Difficult Thing to do, and Not For The Likes of Us. I’m hoping to prove the opposite – that politics is open to all – men and women (particularly women as we need so many more of them in Leinster House) who don’t necessarily have a political background.

But the requisite literature needs to be printed and posters need to be paid for so I’m holding an evening of wine and tapas, conversation and craic on 5th November and would really appreciate your support. Please come if you can. If you can’t tell your friends and get them to go instead. All offers of help or support gratefully received.

Contribution €60/€80/€100

Tickets available on Eventbrite

For all info see carolforelection.com or carolhunt.ie.

Email carolforelection@gmail.com

All donations gratefully accepted.

“If you don’t like the political system, get involved. Change it.” Dr Noel Browne

What about the Men?

The film “Suffragettes”opens in Dublin today so yesterday for the Sunday Independent I wrote about the women who dedicated their lives to getting the vote –  as well as working for labour rights  – and how they’ve been forgotten. I certainly didn’t learn much, if anything, about them at school. All we were told about was Maud Gonne and Constance Markievitz, most probably because they were approved of by the Catholic Nationalists who re-interpreted our history for their own ends.

As it was a piece which mentioned the importance of the work of feminists I got the usual “what about the men” comments on social media. I expected that of course, and in many cases they can be funny, off the cuff or genuinely concerned at violence against both genders. There’s always a few however, that suggest a hatred for women who fight for equal rights, that are downright scary. Accusations that women are actually the privileged gender while men are being discriminated against by feminists, [feminazis] have dropped into my in-box. Seemingly, reports of an increase in violence against women is simply a ruse to demonise men. The women are making it up. Led on by “feminists”. And it’s actually the poor men who being terrorised.

Therefore, so the argument goes, why shouldn’t VAW organisations and rape crisis centres have their funding cut? They’re just encouraging women to invent tales in order to demonise men.

Seriously, this is what some people think.

In 2015. Sad but true.

The revolution isn’t over yet.

[Link to my article in the Sunday Independent]

What about the Men?

The film “Suffragettes”opens in Dublin today so yesterday for the Sunday Independent I wrote about the women who dedicated their lives to getting the vote –  as well as working for labour rights  – and how they’ve been forgotten. I certainly didn’t learn much, if anything, about them at school. All we were told about was Maud Gonne and Constance Markievitz, most probably because they were approved of by the Catholic Nationalists who re-interpreted our history for their own ends.

As it was a piece which mentioned the importance of the work of feminists I got the usual “what about the men” comments on social media. I expected that of course, and in many cases they can be funny, off the cuff or genuinely concerned at violence against both genders. There’s always a few however, that suggest a hatred for women who fight for equal rights, that are downright scary. Accusations that women are actually the privileged gender while men are being discriminated against by feminists, [feminazis] have dropped into my in-box. Seemingly, reports of an increase in violence against women is simply a ruse to demonise men. The women are making it up. Led on by “feminists”. And it’s actually the poor men who being terrorised.

Therefore, so the argument goes, why shouldn’t VAW organisations and rape crisis centres have their funding cut? They’re just encouraging women to invent tales in order to demonise men.

Seriously, this is what some people think.

In 2015. Sad but true.

The revolution isn’t over yet.

[Link to my article in the Sunday Independent]

First political literature – the basics

Good morning all!

Below is the first literature I’ve produced (or rather my friend and graphic designer and all-round infinitely patient person, Jensine-Bethna Wall produced). i know it looks very simple, but I changed it about ten times before it actually said what I wanted it to say. I started off with a bullet-point list of the issues that I’m very interested in improving; like childcare, lone parents supports, small business and self-employed, housing etc. then I realised that it looked just like every other political brochure I’ve ever read –  and didn’t really say anything about me or why I’ve decided to run for election.

So, for my first intro literature I’ve decided to keep it  very simple and direct and honest.

I’ll be interested to know what you think.

And once again I’m appealing to you al for any contributions you can afford – every tenner makes a huge difference. Just go to the Donate page on my blog. Also I need volunteers. Our first canvass is tomorrow – Tuesday – meet at 6.30 at the Wishing Well, Newpark, Blackrock. And I won’t pretend that I’m not a bit nervous. I’ve canvassed for other parties before and for campaigns like Equal Marriage but that’s very different to canvassing for myself!

Also, I’m having a fundraiser on 29th October in Cafe Du Journal, Monkstown. Details to follow so keep the date free.

Again, thanks for your support. Spread the word.

Carol

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“If you don’t like the political system, get involved. Change it”. Noel Browne

Like many other people I was disgusted to hear last week that yet another women’s refuge will be denied the funding to continue helping people who are victims of violence within their own homes. What are our priorities? Why are the most vulnerable – lone parents, children with special needs, victims of violence – suffering most from austerity? The huge increase in child poverty is particularly horrific.

Yet this week we brushed off the fact that millions and millions of out taxes have been squandered by inefficient and downright inept governance. Money that could be used for social housing, special needs teachers, or women’s refuges.

I wrote a column on it – but sitting at home expressing my anger isn’t going to change anything, is it?

Which is why I’m running for election in Dun Laoghaire in the next general election.

As the late Noel Browne told me once:

“If you don’t like the political system, get involved. Change it”.

Canvassing, fundraising and all the effort needed to put a decent campaign together – for someone with no political party, political background, family links etc, hell, I’m not even a teacher, nor am I called Mary – is starting full time this week.

I really, really need your help!

All help, contributions, anything at all you can give, will be very gratefully received.

And please wish me luck – I’m going to need it!

Carol

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