Nessa Childers


I am a passionate believer in the European Union like my father before me. The balance of economic and social advantage lies in our active participation in Europe. There is, however, a clear perception that many people feel unheard as citizens in Europe. Government has singularly failed to address this issue.

Having served as a local councillor, I have seen how policy can both damage and enhance communities. I would like to bring that experience to bear at a European level. We need fresh thinking about how we manage our lives together.

I relish the challenge of representing Leinster with its almost unique mixture of the urban and rural with all the issues that go with that: rural isolation, commuting problems, growing unemployment, irresponsible planning.

Being a parent I understand the social pressures our children live with. Being self employed I also understand the anxieties that many people are feeling in the present economic turmoil. It is imperative that both European and national institutions maintain a strong social welfare system.

Over the past decade and more, it has become fashionable to say that there is no such thing as society, that each of us stands alone. This does not work. If this were not obvious from a glance at history, it should be obvious from the financial turmoil of this year. Unbridled greed is destructive. Government cannot represent only vested interests whose irresponsibility has led to the economic turbulence that we are now enduring. The many may now suffer for the sins of the few.

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Nessa Childers

Work Address
Ireland East Office
115 Main Street, Bray
Co. Wicklow
(Ireland East Office) 01 296 2263
(Brussels) 00 32 2 28 45535
(Strasbourg) 00 33 3 88 1 75535
(Ireland East)