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Dylan Haskins is running as an Independent in Dublin South East. He's young, idealistic and already done many interesting things in his 23 years, from being a DIY punk setting up an all ages punk music gig venue to film making to helping set up Exchange in Dublin. Now he's running for election in tomorrows Irish elections.
As he has pointed out, his political journey started a long time back:
“I was 15 when I first wrote to a politician. My letter asked that youth centres be built in response to the rapid development of housing estates around the country. I wrote three letters, but never received a reply. So we decided to do it ourselves. We organised gigs in an empty parish hall while speculators waited for planning permission. We met other teenagers and told them how they could do the same and from that we built a mutually supportive network. This taught me an important lesson: there is always a way.”
This was kick started things in the early days, from there Dylan and his mates pooled their resources, started bands and played gigs. Inspired by the DIY (Do It Yourself) punk ethic, with a strong bit of anarchist thinking thrown in to boot, they set up a collective, heres their Mission Statement from April 2006:
BASTA! YOUTH COLLECTIVE MISSION STATEMENT
So roll on a few years and a strange things happen, flicking through the Irish times, there is an article about the upcoming elections and within the article is a very very well produced video outlining a new way of doing things. Exactly what is needed to further get Ireland out of the civil war politics that have dogged the country since the 20's...
Heres an example of Dylan trying to bring greater participation from the public in the mechanisms of democracy: Initiative following election 1- Introduce monthly constituency forum to include you in the democratic process beyond your vote.
I will hold a monthly constituency forum in Dublin South East. This will be a priority over one to one clinics and will be started immediately following my election. The forum will be open to constituents and I welcome the involvement of the three other TDs and elected representatives in the area.
This time tomorrow we should now how things fair for Dylan, and for Ireland.
Fair play to him for his energy, ideas and passion. Ireland needs it.
As the old 68’ers wisely and boldly stated: “be realistic, demand the impossible”. Good luck young man, give them hell.
A few links:
Caption: IT STARTS HERE
Caption: Roll Up Your Sleeves: A Documentary About Do-It-Yourself Counterculture (2008- trailer)
Caption: TEDxLiffey - Dylan Haskins - The Creative City