The brother of Tipperary South TD Seamus Healy is the only Tipperary person seeking election on the National University of Ireland Panel panel to Seanad Eireann.
Paddy Healy is chairman of the National Public Service Alliance — an informal alliance of public service trade union activists which is fighting public service pay cuts, pension levy, work overload, staffing moratorium and destruction of conditions of service under the Croke Park Deal.
He is convenor of the Campaign for Academic Freedom which recently held a gathering of 200 academics in the Gresham Hotel to resist threats to academic freedom, permanency and tenure arising out of the implementation of the Croke Park Deal in third level institutions.
He said that the new Government, in its programme, is threatening to “introduce radical reform in third level institutions to maximise existing funding, in particular, reform of academic contracts and will encourage greater specialisation by educational institutions”.
He is resisting the imposition of business models on third Level education as proposed in the Hunt Report.
Mr Healy is organising opposition to the treatment of post-doctoral Rresearchers in third level institutions and seeking a permanent career structure for researchers and a new deal under which ostgraduate students carrying out teaching work would get properly paid for each hour worked. He is opposed to the attempt to make student nurses work for nothing.
He is chairman of the Campaign to Reverse the Pension Cuts, which is organising a legal challenge to the public service pension cuts. He is fighting for the removal of the Universal Social Charge.
He is campaigning against cuts in public services such as health, education and social work and the elimination of jobs under the staffing moratorium
He is campaigning for the restoration of the full quota of special duties and assistant principal posts in schools
He advocates a major programme of State job creation in industry to employ the 100,000 qualified people who are now on the dole and being forced to emigrate. He is continuing his campaign to increase investment in education at all levels.
Mr Healy thanked wish the 165 signatories from across the entire public service we endorsing his candidature.
As well as being brother ot Seamus Healy, his other siblings are: Ella Darcy, Pallas Hill Open Farm, Drombane; Sr De Lourdes (Anne Healy), retired Phillipines missionary, and Camillus Healy, retired paramedic, Honeyview Estate, Clonmel.