Interview: Dylan Haskins, Independent Candidate for Dublin South East

February 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Q. What are your main policies

All of my policies are detailed in an extensive policy document on I’m standing on four main platforms; restoring faith in our political system, putting society first, reinvigorating the city, and restructuring for a reliable economy.

Q. Have you personally seen people you know being affected by the recession?

Of course, I think everyone has. Plenty of my friends have lost their jobs, experienced pay cuts, and are thinking of emigrating. The impact of the economic crisis on everyone in this country was part of the reason I decided to stand.

Q. What do you support-default on IMF Bailout or renegotiation?
I think we need to renegotiate the terms of the EU-IMF bailout as soon as possible or we’ll end up defaulting anyway, given our inability to meet unrealistic repayments.

Q. FF-new leader, positive change or more of the same?

Everyone knows the negative legacy of Fianna Fail in our recent history. I don’t think having a new leader changes anything. Micheal Martin had been a senior figure in the party for quite some time.

Q. Why not join one of the parties?

I decided from day one to stand as an independent, without affiliation or alignment to any parties or alliances. I think it’s important to have strong independent voices in the Dail and I think the idea of having to toe the party line or refer to a whip one of the reasons party politics have become so ineffective. We need healthy debate in Dail Eireann and that requires politicians to stand up for what they believe is right, not what the whip tells them to say.

Q. How do you think the Election will pan out? Obviously Enda Kenny is tipped to be Taoiseach-why do you think Irish people continually vote between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail like a yo yo, regardless of other parties?

It’s long been regarded as a legacy of the Civil War, and I’d accept that. The Irish State is relatively young, but I think it’s time we mature from that motivation and vote for ideas rather than histories.

Q. Talk a bit about The Exchange? Why do you think the Irish arts/particularly arts in Dublin are blooming at this time?

Exchange Dublin a collectively run arts and social centre in Temple Bar. I set it up in 2009 with the support of Project Arts Centre (of which I’m a board member) and a grant of €18,000 from the Arts Council of Ireland. It’s entirely staffed by volunteers and provides a city centre platform for people to meet and present work of various kinds.

Q. What is your hope for Ireland economically? Can you see any light at the end of the

I want to see an Ireland with strong indigenous industry that can export and compete on a global level. I think the first step towards this is to support the emerging creative sector. A creative city attracts investment, tourism and is generally a more interesting and enriching environment to live and work in. It’s a long and difficult road ahead, but we have made a pretty good job of surviving so far.

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