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Waterford Young Fine Gael Responds to Criticism from Councillor Mary Roche - News - Young Fine Gael

Waterford Young Fine Gael Responds to Criticism from Councillor Mary Roche

In response to Cllr. Mary Roche's blog post Waterford YFG would like to make some vital clarifications.

Firstly, and most importantly, we would like to say that we have absolutely no problem with Cllr. Roche "flip-flopping" and changing her mind on the issue. Our particular problem is with Cllr. Roche's personal attack on Fine Gael Cllr. John Cummins, who is a member of the Waterford Young Fine Gael Branch. We also have a problem with Cllr. Roche lowering the debate to simple stereotypes and disillusioning young people by tarring us all with the same brush.

Secondly, Cllr. Roche has said that we are simply following party lines. We are not. Young Fine Gael is an organisation with complete autonomy from the Fine Gael senior party. This is a Young Fine Gael proposal, raised by a Young Fine Gael member in the council chamber. It is a proposal that was tabled in response to a survey in which 70% of participants supported the move. These participants are the same constituents that Cllr. Roche represents in the council. We feel that Cllr. Cummins has a right to raise issues of importance to 7 out of every 10 of his constituents, and has the right to do it without being labelled with the same old stereotypes we see all too often.

Cllr. Roche clearly shows a misunderstanding of the Young Fine Gael proposal. We too have done our research and we are not seeking the introduction of a disproportionately high speed limit, but a responsible and reasonable limit which motorists find more appropriate. Surely when tertiary roads leading to the outer ring road have limits of 80-100 kph, 80kph is both a responsible and reasonable limit for a modern stretch of dual carriageway, as is the consensus of 70% of Waterford people.

We feel that Cllr. Roche is showing her short-sightedness on the issue. Young Fine Gael would never put forward a proposal that we feel would pose a risk to road users. What we will do is to seek to represent the Waterford people as best we can. We remain committed, as we always have been, to the highest safety standards, smooth movement of traffic and, above all, responsibility of motorists on the outer ring road, as well as on all roads, locally and nationally.


Lauren Traynor
Waterford Young Fine Gael Secretary/ Outgoing Chairperson

Keith Winters
Waterford Young Fine Gael PRO

Joseph O'Shea
Waterford Young Fine Gael Chairperson

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