Independent Presidential candidate Seán Gallagher has urged other candidates in the Presidential election campaign to agree to a measure that could save up to €356,027 of public funds for Tipperary.
“Under Presidential election entitlements, every candidate and political party is provided with free postage for their leaflet, the Litir Um Thoghchan, distributed to every one of the 109,885 voters in Tipperary North and South. An Post is reimbursed by the Exchequer. Even with reduced postal rates because of bulk purchase, the costs could run between 44 cents and 54 cents a leaflet. This can often result in up to 30 pieces of literature, many of them duplicates going into a household where a number of registered voters live.”
“I am calling on all of the candidates in this Presidential election campaign to come together and agree to share one piece of literature which could result in a saving of up to €356,027 in Tipperary. It is just common sense in these straightened economic times to look for practical solutions to save taxpayers money.”
“I have written to the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan to inform him of my proposal. I am hopeful that the candidates could be compelled to voluntarily save this money for taxpayers.”
“Nationally this move could save up to €10 million. If all of the parties run candidates and another independent enters the race, the cost to the State of the postage for seven candidates could be €11.63 million. But if we all agree to issue one leaflet through the postal system, it would be €1.66 million.”
“In addition, the environmental impact of this initiative cannot be understated. It is estimated that if each piece of literature from each candidate was laid out in a line it would stretch from Mizen Head to Malin Head four times.”
“I have consistently said that I want to run my campaign as cost-effectively as possible. I believe that spending vast amounts of money at time when families and communities are really struggling is obscene. This is just one measure, but I am hopeful that it will help to make a positive difference,” concluded Seán Gallagher.
Meanwhile Austin Broderick, President of the Thurles Chamber is delighted to announce that Seán Gallagher will be coming to Thurles on Wednesday 31st August, 12-2pm at Hayes Hotel.
Having worked extensively with a range of community groups, mentoring budding entrepreneurs and county enterprise boards around the country Seán understands that the partnership of business professionals and the community is integral to the growth and development of the local trading environment.
Seán maintains that the next President must be fully engaged in the promotion of Ireland as a great place to do business in and that the sustained support of businesses in the locality is integral to this. His key vision for the Presidency is therefore that ‘Ireland is not just an economy, but a collection of communities, and our country will be restored, one community at a time’.
Speaking in advance of the meeting, Seán said “Communities, enterprises and entrepreneurs need self-belief, self-confidence and self-determination if Ireland is to be transformed and if elected President I hope to champion this great work so others around the country can be inspired to replicate it.”
This event is free of charge and open to both members and non members. The Thurles Chamber welcomes everyone interested in attending to register by phoning or texting 086 7737691.