FAMILY Resource Centres (FRCs) in Laois / Offaly have secured the support of twelve of the candidates running for election to the Dáil in the constituency of Laois / Offaly. All of these candidates have signed a pledge, committing their support to the Family Resource Programme over the lifetime of the 31st Dáil.
The local candidates who have signed the pledge include Cllr Rotimi Adebari (Independent), John Bracken (Independent), Cllr Barry Cowen (Fianna Fail), Christopher Fettes (Green Party), Charles Flanagan TD (Fine Gael), Sean Flemming TD (Fianna Fail), Cllr Eddie Fitzpatrick (Independent), Marcella Corcoran Kennedy (Fine Gael), John Maloney TD (Fianna Fail), Cllr Liam Quinn (Fine Gael), Cllr Brian Stanley (Sinn Fein) and John Whelan (Labour). According to Pam Bergin, Liz Flemming and Margaret Murphy, coordinators of the Laois / Offaly Family Resource Centres
“It is very heartening to see such a fantastic response from local candidates, and it confirms the value that people put on the important contribution of Family Resource Centres to their communities”.
The local initiative is part of a national awareness raising exercise being run across Ireland by all 107 Family Resource Centres.
“Nationally there has been a fantastic response. Across all political parties and none, and in every corner of Ireland, we have a significant number of potential TDs who have committed to putting families and communities at the heart of their work as public representatives. “We are living in very challenging economic times, and we appreciate the huge pressures that will be on the next government, but we look forward to working with all politicians to ensure that families and communities are protected in the years ahead,”
Local Family Resource Centres also distributed a leaflet to the local community in recent weeks. The postcards ask people to raise support for FRCs when they meet candidates on the campaign trail.
“We are as always grateful to our local community for their support. FRCs are rooted in the local community, and we are grateful to local people for making support for us a priority when they use their vote,” said Ms Bergin.