Mike Cubbard has announced that he will be running as an Independent candidate in Galway City Central in next year’s Local Elections.
The 28-year-old, who works in the insurance industry and is also manager of Galway Bohemians FC, previously stood in the 2009 locals and the 2011 General Election.
Mr Cubbard believes that as a “young Independent” he can “offer a different voice” and he is focusing his campaign on the issues of social housing, anti-social behaviour, traffic congestion, and political reform.
Mr Cubbard is calling on the Galway City Council to devise a detailed housing strategy and to tackle the issue of properties being left boarded up and derelict, and unfit for occupation.
He will also campaign for more frequent Garda patrols to be put in place and resources given to An Garda Síochána to tackle anti-social behaviour.
On the issue of traffic congestion, Mr Cubbard wants to see a park and ride system for the west of the city.
Political reform will also be central to Mr Cubbard’s campaign. “We need to bring down the cost and have more public scrutiny of local representatives,” he said. “I will also be active in exposing waste amongst Galway City Council officials.”