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General Election 2020

Catherine Connolly

Party

Independent

Constituency

Galway West

Occupation

TD

Age

62

ELECTED

Biography

Connolly was first elected as a TD in 2016. She sat on the Public Accounts Committee and was chair of the Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands. She was previously a councillor on Galway City Council for 17 years. She is a former Mayor of Galway City. She is a qualified barrister and clinical psychologist.

Question Time

Q.

Why should someone vote for you?

I\'m an honest, hardworking politician and through my past four years in the Dáil, I have a good track record of holding the system to account.

Q.

What is your number one priority for your constituency?

I have a number of priorities. Public housing, public land, public health, public transport - all underpinned by climate action. Everything must be underpinned by action to the climate emergency.

Q.

What one thing would you like to do in your first 100 days of the new Dáil if you are elected?

I don\'t think this is a good question as everything takes time. It\'s important to work with like-minded people to come up with sustainable solution to problems like homelessness and housing. These crises are not inevitable and there are sustainable solutions.

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