As 2015 draws to a close, it is a time to reflect on this past year and also to look forward to changes for the better in the coming year, the centennial celebration of the 1916 Easter Rising. The coming General Election offers a clear choice between more of the same from Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil & their allies or a real break with the austerity-laden and questionable fiscal policies of governments past.

The 31st Dáil was supposed to bring reform and transparency but it seems that ‘old habits die hard’ and real reform was not on the agenda.

Ireland needs a new type of Government. Party political manifestos are no good if they are thrown aside the moment a party comes in to power. Irish citizens need a Government who will listen to them, who can identify with them and who put their best interests first. The most vulnerable in society have been hardest hit during this downturn. Health, education and disability services have all suffered draconian cuts. As we prepare for our 32nd Dáil we need to ensure that those who have been cast aside during the Fianna Fail-Green / Fine Gael-Labour days are put back at the heart of policy making.

Deputy Broughan is a Right2Change Independent candidate who believes that alternatives and change are necessary and practical.

Deputy Broughan welcomes submissions from people and organisations working with vulnerable and marginalised groups to assist in forming core policies for the next Dáil. For further information on Deputy Broughan’s work check out tommybroughan.com.