The Workers’ Party have selected bus driver Joe Tobin as their candidate to contest the forthcoming general election in the Waterford Constituency.
Mr. Tobin was selected at a convention held over the weekend at the Roanmore GAA centre in Waterford City. He had been proposed for the nomination by Councillor Davy Walsh who said Joe Tobin would make an excellent representative for Waterford in Dáil Éireann and would give genuine representation to the working people of Waterford city and county as he has the commitment and drive to make a difference.
Born in Ferrybank, Joe has lived in Glencarra, Ballybeg for 23 years. He and his wife Patricia have two grown up children, Maeve and Joe.
A Bus Éireann driver for 30 years, Joe has always been an active trade unionist, initially as a member of the National Bus and Rail Union where he held the positions of Chairperson, Secretary and Executive member and more recently as a member of the Waterford bus section of SIPTU for the past four years. Through his regular contact with people, Joe is very aware of the needs and hopes of the citizens of Waterford City and County and, as an activist, has been fighting for them.
An active sportsman, Joe is a member of Waterford Golf Club, Waterford Boat Club, and the Roanmore GAA club. He is also a keen musician and is a founding member of the Trinity Without Folk Choir. He is also President of De La Salle Toastmasters.
Accepting his unanimous selection to contest the election, Joe Tobin said he would be proud to represent the Workers’ Party in the election and would fight a strong campaign on behalf of the party and the thousands of ordinary people in Waterford who had been betrayed by establishment parties.
“Successive governments have grossly neglected Waterford over many years and it has suffered more than most areas in the current recession. A city that should be a thriving centre of industry and economic activity is on its knees with high unemployment, deprivation and a spiralling housing crisis. It needs complete change, not just in the faces representing Waterford in the Dail, but a total change in political outlook”, said Joe Tobin.
“Waterford has huge potential as a city and a county. It has a well educated, able workforce who should not be forced to emigrate to find work”.
Mr. Tobin predicted a massive swing to the Left in the forthcoming general election and said that Irish politics was about to be completely transformed with Fianna Fáil expected to suffer huge losses.
He said that people had been betrayed, not just by the outgoing government, but by the political system which was run by powerful elite of extremely wealthy people including bankers, speculators and economists. What was needed was a new type of politics where people were put first and where issues such as health, housing, jobs and education would be prioritised.
Joe Tobin came close to winning a seat on Waterford City Council in the last local elections, missing out by only 8 votes in the final count on his first attempt. He feels confident that he would benefit from a leftward swing and from the support of many people who are disillusioned with the existing political system.
Joe’s campaign also received a significant boost this week when local Independent Councillor Dick Roche endorsed Joe’s candidature and said he is fully committed to working in his election campaign.
Issued 5th January 2011