responses FROM CANDIDATES
Micheal Martin Leader FF
“Fianna Fáil... have a number of policy proposals that tackle issues that as you point out disproportionally affect men...
Fianna Fáil condemns domestic violence and believes that the victims’ gender should not shape or influence our response to this issue. Domestic violence is simply wrong and the impact of domestic violence on males should not be trivialised. More must be done to support men who are victims of domestic violence to speak out and seek help.
Finally, we believe that the law should apply equally to men and women and that those found guilty of making false allegations should be dealt with appropriately before the law.
There is a higher rate of boys failing to complete second level education and a number of our proposals will have a direct positive impact on improving outcomes for children, but in particular boys who are proportionally more at risk of leaving school prior to completing their Leaving Certificate.”
David Fitzgerald FG
"Yes to both questions."
Darren O’Rourke SF
“Yes and yes.”
Sean Haughey FF
“I am very happy to answer yes to both questions and will continue to pursue these matters on your behalf. “
Maureen O’Sullivan Independent
“The issues are very much in need of addressing.
I have met men who are really suffering because of our family law so I know what you mean.
I think it is good that these matters are brought to the attention of canvassers."
Frank O'Rourke FF
1. Absolutely yes.
2. Definitely yes.
Anne Farrell Renua
I have no reservations whatsoever in being an advocate.”
Fiona McLoughlin Healy FG
"Please be assured of my support as an advocate of Social Justice for all. I answer 'Yes' to both questions and fully agree that the issues outlined are deserving of urgent attention."
Eddie Conroy People Before Profit
"1) Yes 2) Yes"
Kieran Adam Murphy Independent
"I can answer absolutely Yes to both Qs.
I look forward to working with you when I am serving as your TD."
Anne Rabbitte FF
“Thanks for e mail be assured of my support “
James Miller Independent
"I am somewhat aware of the issues you speak/write of.........I don't have any problem supporting the cause."
Lisa Chambers FF
"My answer is yes to both questions."
Kieran Adam Quigley Independent
"I can answer absolutely Yes to both Qs."
John Brassil FF
"I certainly do agree with the that the issues outlined above are a concern and deserve attention, I would be happy to work to improve the lives of men and boys in Ireland."
Aisling O'Neill Social Democrats
"I wish to thank you again for raising this incredibly important set of issues... both I, as a candidate, and the Social Democrats as a party are strongly committed to championing equality across all segments of society"
Cormac McKay Direct Democracy
"I fully support your campaign and I say yes to your two questions."
Bernard J Durkan FG
"If re-elected, I will be more that happy to meet with you and pursue the issue to the best of my ability."
Gearóid Fitzgibbon Greens
"I think we should have non-gender specific policies on all of the above."
Mick McDermott Direct Democracy
"I fully support your group and elected or not I would like to come on board and help any way I can."
Margaret Murphy O'Mahony FF
"Any person, male or female who is involved in domestic violence should be brought before the courts."
Catherine Murphy Social Democrats
"Both I, as a candidate, and the Social Democrats as a party are strongly committed to championing equality across all segments of society."
Frank Cronin Renua
“I support you campaign and I say yes to your two questions” to our Statement and Questions
Bobby Aylward FF
“I can happily state that I agree with both statements below and that I would welcome a meeting with your group.”
Francis Noel Duffy Greens
"Count me in for a double yes"
Anne Ferris Labour
“We are deeply committed to tackling issues that you have mentioned including educational disadvantage, domestic violence and suicide prevention whether it involves men or women, boys or girls...
Please be assured the Labour Party will continue to work for the equality of all citizens no matter what their gender...”
Connie Gerety-Quinn FF
"Yes and Yes to questions 1) and 2)"
Mary Howard FG
"I believe in Social Justice for all, and my answer is YES to BOTH of your questions."
Diarmuid O’Flynn Ind. Alliance
“I do agree, everything you wrote is spot on."
Joe Costello Labour
"I believe it is very important the issues raised are tackled, including educational disadvantage, domestic violence and suicide prevention whether it involves men or women."
Caroline Conroy Greens
"1. yes I agree that the issues you outline are deserving of urgent attention.
2. yes, if elected I will speak out publicly on these issues."
Jim O'Connell People Before Profit
"Yes" and "Yes"
Anne-Marie Dermody FG
“Out of respect to my husband & three sons I completely support your initiative.”
Mick Finn Ind. Alliance
"Yes...I deal with it on a daily basis in my role as an SCP worker."
Cormac Devlin FF
“I share your concerns, particularly about housing, mental health and educational outcomes for men.
Should I be elected to Dáil Eireann, I look forward to working closely with advocacy groups to improve legislation in this area.”
Tommy Broughan Independent
“I do indeed support these important issues and should I be honoured with re-election to the 32nd Dáil I will certainly put them on the agenda at national level.”
Roderic O'Gorman, )
Lorna Bogue, )
Maebh Ni Fhalluin ) Greens
Paula Flanagan )
Margaret Sheehan )
"Issues such as those you outlined, in particular how suicide, education, family law and homelessness affect men, are urgent."
Michael Malty Mc Donagh FF
Having read through your statement and questions, you can be assured of my support in the Dáil if elected.
Sharon Briggs People Before Profit
"I agree that the issues outlined are deserving of urgent attention, and I would be happy to speak out on this issue when the opportunity present itself... I have... seen my brother go through domestic violence in a relationship with a woman."
Patricia Ryan SF
"I absolutely agree these issues need to be dealt with and I would want to see a delivery of policies that would be of help and sincerity in the areas outlined."
Mary M White FF
"If elected, Mary would be honoured to publicly speak out on the six outlined issues and looks forward to working with you in bringing much needed attention to these issues."
Tommy Roddy Independent
"I have a strong interest in the area of mental health and believe the issues you have raised are very important. If elected I will do whatever I can to bring about change in the areas mentioned"
Andrew Keegan People Before Profit
"I am aware of injustices and inequalities toward men and boys in our society... I would have no problem supporting you manifesto now or if elected on the 26th."