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Ex-Councillor fears young people not interested in politics

May 3, 2022 17:05 By Shannonside News
Ex-Councillor fears young people not interested in politics Ex-Councillor fears young people not interested in politics
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He is speaking one year on from stepping away from politics.

Former Roscommon councillor Ivan Connaughton says he believes there will be an issue in getting people to stand in the next local elections.

He left local politics one year ago last week, citing frustration at the Lough Funshinagh issue and the lack of power open to local elected representatives.

Speaking on today's Let's Talk show Ivan Connaughton says he has no regrets at stepping away from local politics, and feels he won't be the only one to do so before the next elections.

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He also believes the number of councillors will actually be further reduced over the coming years.

''I believe that it's only a matter of time before the local authorities or the amount of councillors are reduced and either regional assemblies formed and I think that's definitely going to be fast tracked that there has been a big change in society, particularly with as far as younger people that may not be getting involved in their communities. If people aren't willing to get involved in their communities voluntary, at a young age in 5 or or 10 or 15 years down the line we'll put huge pressures on likes of getting people to put their name forward to be a local councillor for an area.''

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