AVERIL POWER TO RUN IN TCD SENATE ELECTION BACKED BY JOHN BANVILLE, NORAH CASEY AND CONOR CUSACK

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Averil Power & Leo Varadkar at TCD 22-3-16

Independent Senator Averil Power has announced her intention to run in the Seanad elections, on the Trinity College panel.

 

Averil is a graduate of Trinity College and a former President of its Students Union.

 

Speaking after the close of nominations today, Averil said she is running on her track record as someone who has achieved a lot in the Seanad and her proven ability to make a real difference if re-elected.

 

“With a divided Dáil, it is more important than ever to have a strong Seanad. We need Senators who are not only effective in their own right but also prepared to work together on a cross-party basis.

 

“Since my election to the Seanad in 2011, I have earned a reputation as a caring, progressive and effective public representative. My ability to build cross-party alliances has helped me deliver positive change in areas such as education, mental health, adoption rights and marriage equality.

 

“At the same time, I have used my Trinity business degree to argue for more sustainable economic policies and improved supports for businesses.

 

“If re-elected, I will be a powerful voice for greater investment in education both as an economic imperative and as a way of building a fairer society.  I will also continue to advocate for improved mental health and disability services, support for businesses, better public services and equality.”

 

Power’s campaign is backed by a wide range of figures from different aspects of Irish life, including Booker prize winner John Banville, businesswoman and broadcaster Norah Casey, former President of Trinity Business Alumni Mark Ryan, Cork hurler and mental health advocate Conor Cusack, CEO of the Headstrong youth mental health charity Tony Bates, former Vice-Provost of TCD Professor Michael Marsh and leading barrister and former TCD law lecturer Garrett Simons SC.

ENDS

 

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