Mullooly’s Euro vision

Ex-RTE journalist: ‘I am prepared to stand up and shout stop’

Pictured at Lough Funshinagh last Saturday were Ciaran Mullooly and Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice. Mr Mullooly confirmed that he has joined Deputy Fitzmaurice as a member of new political party Independent Ireland. He also confirmed that he has accepted an invitation to run for Independent Ireland in the European Parliament elections in June.

Former RTE Midlands Correspondent Ciaran Mullooly confirmed last Saturday that he will be a candidate in June’s European Parliament elections in the now five-seat Midlands-North-West constituency. He has joined new political party ‘Independent Ireland’.

Speaking on Saturday, Mr Mullooly said: “I am delighted to announce that I will be a candidate for Independent Ireland in the upcoming European elections, and my goal is to take a seat in the Midlands-North-West constituency so that I can bring into focus the laundry list of issues which need to be highlighted in the European Parliament”.

For the past 30 years or so, Ciaran Mullooly has been prominent in the public eye both as RTE Midlands Correspondent and as a community activist.

Speaking of projects he has worked on, Mr Mullooly said: “These projects focused on disability support, tourism promotion, sports & recreation, suicide prevention and many more issues that are near and dear to the people of Rural Ireland.

“As RTE Midlands Correspondent, I witnessed the growing frustration of rural communities. Rural Ireland has been grossly neglected and I am prepared to stand up and shout stop, to quote another man from the world of journalism – the great rural champion, John Healy”.

 

Rural focus

 

Mr Mullooly emphasised his appreciation of the challenges facing Rural Ireland: “I want to play my part in bringing about badly needed, long-overdue, positive change. I have worked with voluntary committees to help set up key projects such as the first Pieta House Centre in the Midlands in Athlone, the QUAD Youth Centre in Roscommon Town, and the Lions Clubs of Ireland’s Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training programme across 14 counties. So, I am acutely aware of the many public policy issues which are making life tougher for hard-working volunteers in every corner of the country.

“From my time working closely with disability advocacy groups and spearheading rural tourism projects, I’ve seen first-hand the challenges and triumphs of rural life. I step into the political arena with a clear mission: to be an effective voice for rural communities and to strongly and unapologetically represent their interests at a European level”.

Noting that some 70% of the legislation going through Leinster House has its origins at a European level, the new candidate criticised what he considers to be some unrealistic targets and proposed restrictions being set in Europe. He said some of these restrictions are increasing rural isolation, with changes to land use policy and decisions made at an EU level making it harder to roll out infrastructure and housing projects in Ireland.

“The traditional means of employment across towns and villages in the Midlands-North-West constituency are all under threat. I would go so far as to say that the threat from new EU and State policies has never been greater. We need to meet it head-on and deliver a team of MEPs who will push back on EU over-reach and advocate effectively for rural interests”.

Ciaran Mullooly and his wife Angela live in Ballyleague, Co Roscommon. The couple have two sons, Bryan and Eoghan. Since retiring from RTE in 2021, Ciaran has worked with Roscommon LEADER Partnership and most recently with Longford Tourism.