One of the first candidates to declare for the next general election in the new five-seat Tipperary constituency is a 21-year old Roscrea woman
Caroline Hofman will stand as an Independent candidate.
“I believe that studying a degree in Government has ultimately allowed me to understand the way in which the Irish political system works. Additionally, my dissatisfaction in relation to issues from my own experience have really made me committed to making a difference for both Tipperary and Ireland as a whole”, says Ms. Hofman.
She says - “I am young, enthusiastic, and committed to change and making a positive difference. As an independent candidate, I can bring a breath of fresh air for both the constituency and Irish politics overall. Also, despite the fact that I am young, I have the utmost dedication and I can be a powerful and strong voice for everyone in Tipperary”.
Looking at some of the issues important to Ms. Hofman, she states that “although we are slowly emerging from the recession, Tipperary and in particular our more rural areas have felt the effects heavily and are in many cases still struggling to recover. I believe that we should be doing more to help rural Ireland and paying attention to the long-term picture, and this is an issue I am committed to. I also believe that rural areas need to be better served by public transport to benefit our local communities”.
Another major issue Ms. Hofman considers as a priority is that “Tipperary still has a considerably high level of unemployment, with this being attributed to the county sadly experiencing numerous business and industry closures in recent years resulting in a massive blow to employment. This is another issue I am committed to addressing - Tipperary needs job creation and we cannot be left behind the rest of the country when job creation announcements are being made”.