Justin Collery:

I am fully supportive of your issues, particularly in education. If elected to the Dail I would be happy to represent your views.

Hopefully we can drag this country into the 21st century. I’m an independent, so team Collery does not have the man power of the big guys. Please tell your members in Waterford to use social media (twitter – jcollery, facebook – Justin Collery for Waterford, and boards.ie) to support my campaign.

I’m not saying this because it election time. I have two young kids, one of which is starting school next year and I resent having to navigate a system dominated by religion.

Joe Conway:

1. Will you work to reform the education system so that all children in your constituency can access publicly-funded schools which have no religious ethos? Already supporting the setting up of an Educate Together school in Tramore here.
2. Would you support a referendum to remove religious references from the Constitution? Yes
3. Do you believe that blasphemy should be a criminal offence? Not at all.
4. Would you support legislation to prevent hospitals from having a religious ethos? Depends on whether they are publicly funded or not.
5. If elected, would you vote to ensure that religious bodies are treated the same as other organisations under equality and employment legislation? Yes
6. Do you believe that religions should have to pay their fair share of tax on income that does not come from charitable activities? All taxation should be fair and equitable…even God said so!

Ben Nutty:

Many thanks for your e-mail and sorry it’s taken awhile to get back to you. I just wanted to confirm with you that I’m also in favour of wider educational choice (my wife’s been involved in trying to get an educate together secondary school for Waterford) and a more inclusive and respectful constitution.

Jody Power:

I feel very strongly about this issue.

YES to all you state from 1 to 6, except #3. Why is blasphemy singled out?

Note – We are a democratic REPUBLIC. – all citizens are equal. Religion is a private and personal matter between man and God

-absolutely no place in State  governance and affairs unless it interferes in the wellbeing,  and just function of our society- then it must be sanctioned.

In addition, see the statement provided by the Green Party on behalf of all its candidates.
Green Party statement

David Cullinane:

See the statement provided by Sinn Fein on behalf of all its candidates.

Seamus Ryan:

See the statement provided by the Labour Party on behalf of all its candidates.

Ciara Conway:

See the statement provided by the Labour Party on behalf of all its candidates.

John Deasy:

See the statement provided by Fine Gael on behalf of all its candidates.

Paudie Coffey:

See the statement provided by Fine Gael on behalf of all its candidates.

Joe Tobin

See the statement provided by the Workers’ Party on behalf of all its candidates.

No Response Received From:

Brendan Kenneally

John Halligan

Tom Higgins

Declan Waters

Candidate Not Contacted:

Gerard Kiersey

Fine Gael Statement

Green Party Statement

Labour Party Statement

Sinn Fein Statement

Workers’ Party Statement

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