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How does one go about becoming a T.D?


Foghorn

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I'd love to be a TD. How does one go about becoming a TD? What are the procedures? How much does a campaign cost? Is it easier to run as an independent or for a party?

Any hints tips or advice would be much appreciated.
Hi Skev,

Would love to hear why you would like to be a TD? Sincerely interested in how you perceive the role.

I have a fairly positive view of its potential, but as to whether that can be carried out in reality is hard to say.

Foghorn.

PS. I suppose you'll need to register as a candidate.

In my opinion indepedents are short term. And party is probably longer. It is probably much easiser to be party political (more support, more people to help out, more resources, etc.).

On the other hand you can be your "own man" if you are independent.

In either scenario trying to get anything achieved (look at George Lee) seems to be a real challenge.

Gandhi once said that if you want to achieve anything it is best to keep it out of politics. Probably true...........but easier said than done.
 

The Fusilier

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Be born the son or daughter of a TD.
 

escort-ireland

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Can't help, but like the question. I think there should be an advice type forum on this site where people can ask questions about politics like this. This site has all these people who are interested in politics and I presume many very knowledgeable, but there isn't really anywhere to ask questions.
 

Cael

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I'd love to be a TD. How does one go about becoming a TD? What are the procedures? How much does a campaign cost? Is it easier to run as an independent or for a party?

Any hints tips or advice would be much appreciated.
There are informal courses in gombeenism and cute hoorism you can attend.
 

arcadeparade

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Support the welfare of big business over that of you constituents, that should get you the campaign funds for a start.

Then join a political party and kiss ass for a few years.

Get yourself in the local paper every week with some sort of "think of the children" message outside headshops, or pointing at potholes or something.

Combine those 3 and you'll be a TD in no time.
 

Disabled student

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T. D. = Thieving Dirtybags. courtesy of the Sun paper which would put off any aspiring candidate!
 
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skev

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Hi Skev,

Would love to hear why you would like to be a TD? Sincerely interested in how you perceive the role.

I have a fairly positive view of its potential, but as to whether that can be carried out in reality is hard to say.

Foghorn.

PS. I suppose you'll need to register as a candidate.

In my opinion indepedents are short term. And party is probably longer. It is probably much easiser to be party political (more support, more people to help out, more resources, etc.).

On the other hand you can be your "own man" if you are independent.

In either scenario trying to get anything achieved (look at George Lee) seems to be a real challenge.

Gandhi once said that if you want to achieve anything it is best to keep it out of politics. Probably true...........but easier said than done.
To be honest Foghorn I'd just like to try make a difference. I see things around me all the time that are just being done wrong and I'd like to have a platform on which to stand upon and try and speak some sense.

I don't know which party would suit me. Labour seem to be the most socially liberal party but I would hold more Capitalist opinions than a lot of labour supporters so I don't think they'd want me.

I couldn't do Fianna Fail as I believe they are just dishonest but it seems that they have at least one TD in every constituency and they don't really follow their own dogma so would it be wrong to join them just to get into office and try to make a change from within?

I thought Fine Gael might be the way to go but they don't answer my emails if I ask them complicated questions which in my opinion is a form of dishonesty and shows a lack of integrity.
The Greens have shown a complete lack of integrity by/since joining FF.

Sinn Fein rely on patriotism but I don't believe patriotism is a good thing. In fact I believe it can be a precursor to racism and xenophobia.

What do I believe in? Well I believe that capitalism is the celebration of human achievement and that greater achievement in any field should be rewarded. Not just in business/banking/building but in Art, Sport and volunteerism also. I do believe in tax breaks for business but I detest greed so I believe that there should be a way of continually reviewing these breaks so that companies that look after workers and contribute to a better quality of life for all their stakeholders should be rewarded for this but companies who run on greed and bottom line should not receive the same encouragement.

Money is the medium through which we recognise achievement but we need to realise that money is not everything.

When we build why do we not have lower taxes for builders who build more aesthetically pleasing buildings?? Tax the hell out of companies building slums.

Why are there not sports facilities built in every new estate? Fit children grow to be fit adults and fit adults cost the government less. Schools should be fully equipped with materials and facilities for all types of pastimes: sport, art, debating, cooking. Also why do our kids need to learn subjects from wrote? Why do we not encourage them to think for themselves? Lets make debate a subject. Teach them to communicate. Why don’t we teach them to cook how to enjoy making there own food so that they might give up the crap take away food that their overworked parents feed them and learn to love real healthy food?

Why are there police stations full of officers doing reports? Why is there not a cop on every street corner? Surely making the streets safe is more important than spending thousand and thousands of man hours tracking down people who are growing cannabis on their farms or in there spare bedrooms and then spending weeks doing reports about it?

Why does the government not listen to the Gardai when the Gardai say that closing all the bars in Dublin at the same time will cause more drunken violence?

Why are we living in a nanny state when we are supposed to be one of the best educated populations in the world??

Why do we cut tax before we pay off our national debt? I understand tax breaks but not cutting tax. Why did we increase social welfare when we had close to 100% employment? Would it not make sense to put that money away for a time like now when people really need social welfare? That way we could have opened the fund now and helped people out. The money would only be spent in our economy now anyway so social welfare would actually be used as an economic stimulus.

What would I do?

Where would I start?

God knows. But I just wish that if I do run that people recognize that I’m a hard worker and that I’m honest and that hopefully I can be a voice of reason.

I'm tired from typing now but tomorrow I might continue my little rant.

Until then any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

Yosser

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Are you involved in any voluneeerism yourself? Are you involved in your community in any way? What age are you by the way?
 

Cassandra Syndrome

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I'd love to be a TD. How does one go about becoming a TD? What are the procedures? How much does a campaign cost? Is it easier to run as an independent or for a party?

Any hints tips or advice would be much appreciated.

You have to lose your conscience and learn how to live without having any empathy at all.
 

skev

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Are you involved in any voluneeerism yourself? Are you involved in your community in any way? What age are you by the way?
I'm 28. I'm working abroad at the moment so I'm not involved in any volunteerism but I'm hoping to be home by the Summer.
When I'm at home I'm involved with the local rugby team and do a lot of coaching with them.
I also work with disadvantaged kids doing tag rugby with them in Dublin, well trying to.
I've done some work with the Bubblegum club and also for Barretstown.
 

Supermanpolitician

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I'm 28. I'm working abroad at the moment so I'm not involved in any volunteerism but I'm hoping to be home by the Summer.
When I'm at home I'm involved with the local rugby team and do a lot of coaching with them.
I also work with disadvantaged kids doing tag rugby with them in Dublin, well trying to.
I've done some work with the Bubblegum club and also for Barretstown.
You will need to work 18 hours days to get elected, give up a social life, buy pints for every one otherwise they will call you a mean basterd...

80% of the electorate don't care what your policies are, they just care that you are competent and work hard.
 

skev

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You will need to work 18 hours days to get elected, give up a social life, buy pints for every one otherwise they will call you a mean basterd...

80% of the electorate don't care what your policies are, they just care that you are competent and work hard.
I'd like to think I'm competent and I always work hard. I have no problem working all day every day. As it is I work from 9am to 9.30 pm seven days a week so it wouldn't be a massive increase in hours.

As for buying pints.... Could I expense that when I get in power?? ;-)
 

hopi watcher

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I'm 28. I'm working abroad at the moment so I'm not involved in any volunteerism but I'm hoping to be home by the Summer.
When I'm at home I'm involved with the local rugby team and do a lot of coaching with them.
I also work with disadvantaged kids doing tag rugby with them in Dublin, well trying to.
I've done some work with the Bubblegum club and also for Barretstown.
With these credentials you have no hope. Any urge to help others renders you a danger to the clique. Ever consider starting a revolution?
 

Supermanpolitician

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I'd like to think I'm competent and I always work hard. I have no problem working all day every day. As it is I work from 9am to 9.30 pm seven days a week so it wouldn't be a massive increase in hours.

As for buying pints.... Could I expense that when I get in power?? ;-)
9 to 9.30 is only 12 and a half hours kiddo, we all do that. I'm not joking when I talk about 18 hour days. If you are up for it, then maybe go for it. Don't forget that after putting in the effort, you may not get elected.

Ask any politicians and they will say that they are competent and work hard. I don't know you so you may be these things, but Mary Coughlan thinks the same about herself, as Biffo does about himself.

As regards expensing them when you get into power? I have no idea. I am merely a foot soldier. But don't do it for the money.
 

eoinod

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I thought Fine Gael might be the way to go but they don't answer my emails if I ask them complicated questions which in my opinion is a form of dishonesty and shows a lack of integrity.
It sounds like you like Fine Gael generally. Their reasons for not answering complex policy are probably more laziness than dishonesty.

Anyway, the only way to get a true feel of any party is to attend a few meetings of your local branch. Also, with regards all parties, the party is a lot more than the head office. Not all TD's agree with a specific party policy nor do many members.
 

the agent

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you need to start at the beginning which is at the local parish pump. next local elections is in 4 years time, so that gives you an opportunity to join a party or go independent. speaking to my local councillors it is a very demanding job, you are public property and people ask things of you even when you are in the pub relaxing with friends. I think George Lee did not reliase how tough it is until he got elected. It is not just about speaking out, but you also have to deliver on the ground and work very hard.
 
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