Kevin Coyle

Independent candidate for Artane-Whitehall

How would you help get more housing built in the city – especially social and affordable housing?

Put pressure on the relevant people to do so. There has been a €1 billion underspend on housing in recent years so spending that money would be a good start.

How would you help improve conditions in existing housing, both social and privately rented?

Social housing should have regular checks to make sure tenants are living to a decent standard of living. Any maintenance work needed socially or privately must be carried out working a certain time frame and not left for months for the issue to get worse.

What would you do to help make the city feel less dirty, tackling the rubbish and dog poo all over the streets?

Provide more bins for the rubbish, have more people out more often cleaning the streets like a community cleaning group of some sort and maybe provide dog poo bags and gloves and leave them at certain stations around the city.

What would you do to help tackle vacancy and dereliction?

Any vacant homes in our area should be brought back to use as soon as possible and Irish homeless and Irish on waiting lists years should be prioritised and offered these homes before any non-national in the country. Also any derelict home or building owned privately I believe the council should offer to buy them and turn them into suitable homes or apartments and again prioritise Irish homeless and Irish families on long term waiting lists for these properties. Any derelict home or building which is council owned I will advocate for that to be brought back to use as soon as possible to try address the housing shortage.

What needs to be done to make the city feel safer?

Increased Garda presence where needed. Even local community groups patrolling areas during the day or the evenings, anything to keep our area safe.

What needs to be done to improve public transport in the city?

More money and resources given to the National Transport Authority to do what needs to be done.

What should be done to make it nicer and safer for people to get around the city on foot and by bike?

Funding to make footpaths more smoother and secure for everyone to walk on and more secure locking stations for bicycles to stop them being stolen.

What would you do to help counter the rise of the far right, anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ+ hate, and anti-asylum-seeker arsons?

In my opinion there is no far right in this country just concerned parents who are genuinely afraid for their safety and for that of their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and future generations of their families.

People are not anti-immigration, we just want a proper structure in place for coming into this country. I have no problem with genuine refugees or asylum seekers. But the current immigration policy is not sustainable.

I do not have a problem with the LGBTQ+ community, I have a problem with it being taught to my children and being pushed on kids and being introduced to the school curriculum. Whatever you do at home is your own business and up to you.

And in regards to the arson attacks I believe they are carried out by left-wing supporters to blame the right and make them look bad and label them every name under the sun when they are just concerned parents.