Katrina Hutchinson Wicklow
My name is Katrina Hutchinson. I am a founding member of Direct Democracy Ireland and I am a candidate for the Wicklow Dáil constituency. I am married with two children, one in university and the other in school. I have a degree in medicine and I am the senior biochemist in a clinical laboratory. I have had a varied background – I was born in Eastern Europe, and I have worked in Japan, Abu Dhabi and Singapore. I have lived in Ireland since 2000, almost all of the time in Co. Wicklow, and I would like to use my international experience to benefit the people of the county.
I am deeply committed to restoring to the people the right to propose referenda on important national questions – a right which was included in the first Irish constitution of 1922.
With my medical training I am particularly committed to improving the country’s health services and combating drug abuse.
We must improve services for young people, encouraging them to become more involved in cultural and sporting activities and in community life.
The current under-funding of Irish universities and the fall in third-level standards should be reversed.
Building on the constitutional protection of the family, we should make housing for families the No. 1 national priority
The gardaí should be given more resources to enable them to combat the crime wave in vulnerable rural districts.
The government must intervene to prevent the banks from persecuting customers who have been lured into incurring mortgages and other debts. It should also take urgent steps to seek compensation from the European Central Bank for the burdens that it imposed on Irish taxpayers on behalf of foreign bondholders.
Co. Wicklow Policies
After the construction of the M11 there should be a concentration on improving rural roads.
We should develop a ‘shared transport’ system for Wicklow communities.
I believe strongly that we should promote local libraries and theatres.
I would try to develop child care, including subsidized healthy lunches for children.
I would try to further develop Co. Wicklow as a tourist centre, exploiting its easy access from Dublin.