The General Election 2016: Make Your Voice Heard

General election 2016

The forthcoming general election presents us with an important opportunity to influence the policies that will shape the future of the community and voluntary sector in the years ahead.
The sector is facing into challenging times, with significant changes now affecting how organisations are funded, regulated, and how their role is understood. It is therefore critical that we voice our shared needs to make sure that future government policy supports the sector's work.




Please join The Wheel's call for the next government to:

bulletrespect community and voluntary activity as a central part of Irish life;
bulletappoint a minister for community and voluntary activity;
bulletdevelop a strategy to support the community and voluntary sector;
bulletproduce a funding plan (and where appropriate, a commissioning plan) to enable the sector to thrive; 
bullet ensure regulation supports the sector.

Help to make the sector's voice heard by taking the following three actions:

  1. Share this call to action with your local election candidates.  Download one of the documents below, sign it, and email or post it to your candidates:
    Download the print-friendly mailer (print it out, sign it and post it in an envelope to your local candidates).
    Download the email-friendly mailer (open the PDF in Acrobat Reader, sign your name in the  "signature field" and email it to your candidates).
  2. Reinforce the points outlined to any candidates that you have contact with in the run-up to the election.  Dowload this leaflet (PDF), and keep it handy for when the election candidates are canvasing. 
  3. Share these messages with your colleagues and supporters. Use #votecommunity2016 on social media. 

Contact your candidates

Click on your constituency to view the candidates and their contact details. This database will be continiously updated. Search the Irish Election Open Database if you can't find the information you require*

Carlow–KilkennyDublin Bay South

Galway East



Dublin CentralGalway WestMeath East


Dublin Fingal

KerryMeath West
Cork EastDublin Mid–West

Kildare North

Cork North–CentralDublin North–West

Kildare South     

Cork North–WestDublin Rathdown

Limerick City


Cork South–Central

Dublin South–Central

Limerick County

Cork South–WestDublin South–WestLongford–WestmeathWaterford
DonegalDublin West



Dublin Bay NorthDún Laoghaire



* The Wheel does not take any responsibility for the accuracy of this information. We advise you to cross-check the information against other sources. 

Useful resources

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