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  • Northside East

Campaign call-out to candidates

Sunday, 5th May, 2019 4:00pm
Campaign call-out to candidates

Pictured at the launch were from left, on ladder, Deirdre Garvey, chief executive of The Wheel; Cathy Gray, Down Syndrome Ireland, Head of Communications; Suzanne Keating, Dochas chief executive; Meabh Smith, Irish Wheelchair Association, Head of Communications; Paul Gordon, Irish Cancer Society Pol

Campaign call-out to candidates

Pictured at the launch were from left, on ladder, Deirdre Garvey, chief executive of The Wheel; Cathy Gray, Down Syndrome Ireland, Head of Communications; Suzanne Keating, Dochas chief executive; Meabh Smith, Irish Wheelchair Association, Head of Communications; Paul Gordon, Irish Cancer Society Pol

A NATIONAL campaign has been launched to encourage all local and European elected representatives to champion and support the work of charities, community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

The Wheel, supported by representatives from some of Ireland’s leading charities, launched Community Matters last week which is aimed at the candidates contesting the local and European elections on May 24.

Representatives from the Irish Cancer Society, the Irish Wheelchair Society, Down Syndrome Ireland, SpunOut and Dóchas joined The Wheel’s chief executive, Deirdre Garvey, as they launched the campaign by unveiling a series of election posters in front of Dublin City Council’s Offices on Wood Quay. Speaking at the launch, Ms Garvey said: “As the local and European election campaigns launch over the coming weeks, we want to ensure the focus remains where it should be  - on the people in the communities whom candidates seek to represent. The charity, community and voluntary sector is the backbone of every community across Ireland, supporting and advocating for the most vulnerable in society.”

Ms Garvey said they want to remind candidates of the vital work these organisations do and the richness they bring to life in Ireland. 

“It is important for candidates to publicly commit their support for the non-profit sector and all of the people they represent ahead of the election on May 24,” she added.

For more information visit www.wheel.ie/elections

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