Michael McGrath, professional photographer, Kilkenny, is to stand for election to Kilkenny County Council in the new Callan-Thomastown-Graiguenamanagh mid County Kilkenny electoral area.
The last time Michael was a candidate for the county council was in 1991 when he secured 193 first preference votes as an Independent and ended up on 206 votes with preferences.
He is a professional photographer who has attended every church in the county covering Confirmations and first holy communions , having photographed four bishops of Ossory since the days of Bishop Birch and is therefore completely well known to the voters.
He edits an online blog titled THE KILKENNY JOURNAL – after the former Kilkenny newspaper he started work on as a trainee reporter back in 1964. He since worked on The Munster Express and the former Kilkenny Standard.
He had started life as an Executive officer in the Department of Local Government in the Custom House, Dublin, but left Housing Grants section there after a year as ” It was boring me to death and I was only on less than a tenner a week after tax back in the day!”
Michael opposes the proposed siting of the mosque due to traffic considerations and says it should be built out on the Freshford Road where the Islamic community is located at present.
He supports the two other Independent candidates, Eugene McGuinness and Luke O’Connor , as they support his candidacy in the upcoming local elections.
He also supports Peter O’Loughlin, leader of the newly registered Identity Ireland party, who is contesting the Euro elections here and who was a candidate in the Carlow-Kilkenny by-election.
He is opposed to mass immigration but favours Ireland remaining in the EU. , and wants ireland to have a policy in line with Poland, Hungary, Italy and Austria who all take a strong national line.
He wants priority restored to the council housing list, insisting that the County Council Housing List with 2200 must be respected in the allocation of all housing locally. he welcomes refugees but states they are only entitled to hostel-type accommodation under the Geneva Refugee Convention of 1951 and that the homeless in ireland must have priority over the refugees in the allocation of Council houses.
Michael’s main policy, coming originally from farming stock himself in Carrigbeg, is for full compensation for farmers if hit by UK customs under Brexit.
His policies in this election include the restoration of the Callan Town Commissioners, immediate start on the construction of the proposed new hospital to replace St. Columba’s at Thomastown and the permanent alleviation of flooding at Graiguenamanagh , Thomastown, Inistioge and Ballyhale.
One of the loves of his life is the ancient Clapper bridge at Graiguenamanagh that he wants reinforced structurally and protected into the future.
TRAVELLER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER! Here Michael McGrath is pictured at a Traveller wedding that he photographed of the McDonagh family, his friends and neighbours at Dominic Street, Kilkenny, with Winny and her husband Mr. Webster of Freshford.