During the local elections I campaigned on the promise to do things differently. To that end, instead of distributing unwanted political
Christmas cards this year, I will be making a personal donation to the Wicklow Hospice Foundation.
This local group was recently formed to ensure that Wicklow people with life limiting diseases have comfort and dignity at the end of life. It is affiliated to the Irish Hospice Foundation and a charity status application has been made to the revenue commissioners.
The good news is that the Wicklow Hospice has moved rapidly to the point where a site in the south of Wicklow town has been offered from the Columban Sisters in Magheramore. The kindness and generosity of the people of Wicklow has been outstanding. Nevertheless, it will
require a major push in fundraising with a further €3 million euro needed for the realisation of the hospice itself. However given the hard working and dedicated team behind this project, I am confident that the Wicklow Hospice story will shine out of the economic gloom.
I encourage all public representatives to join my pledge by not sending out political Christmas cards, but in its place to make a contribution to a charity of their choice.
I firmly believe the public are fed up with the stereotypical politics and deserve much better than the status quo. This is just one small example of how I am approaching local politics differently and look forward to continuing this fresh approach into the New Year.