Gary Gannon
It's Dublin's Time to Lead

From Dublin's docks to the heart of Europe.
The journey starts now. Add your name to the list to join our movement.



Global Challenges, Shared Solutions

Many of the challenges facing Dublin and Ireland in today’s globalised world cannot be effectively tackled in Ireland alone. The EU may not be perfect, but it remains the best vehicle we have to combat climate change, inequality, the refugee crisis and the impacts of new technology and automation. I want Europe to lead the world in confronting these challenges, and I believe our small green island can lead in Europe.


Global Challenges, Shared Solutions

Many of the challenges facing Dublin and Ireland in today’s globalised world cannot be effectively tackled in Ireland alone. The EU may not be perfect, but it remains the best vehicle we have to combat climate change, inequality, the refugee crisis and the impacts of new technology and automation. I want Europe to lead the world in confronting these challenges, and I believe our small green island can lead in Europe.

Climate Leadership

Inaction on climate change is not an option - our future depends on what we do now. Climate is not a single policy, it is the key part of every policy - from economic equality, to the future of work, to transport to education to economic growth and tech & innovation. We must ensure that our transition to a low carbon economy is a just one for workers, and that a European green new deal can create both a fairer society and a more sustainable future.

A European Dublin

As Britain looks to exit, it’s Dublin’s time to lead. I have a vision for our wonderful capital city which combines our unique culture and heritage with the best that Europe has to offer. Dublin can become a great, truly modern European city with investment in schools, universities, healthcare, childcare and public transport. Our housing crisis is not insurmountable – We can learn from Vienna’s cost rental model of public housing, and Finland’s ‘Housing First’ approach to addressing homelessness. There is also much we in Ireland have to offer our European counterparts where our small country has demonstrated great courage and leadership – On the peace process, on marriage equality, and on reproductive rights, to name but a few.

A Shared Europe

118 million people throughout the European Union are living in poverty or at risk of social exclusion. This is unacceptable. We need to give a voice to communities throughout the European Union which haven’t felt the warmth of economic progress. Confronting poverty and reducing income inequality is not only our moral imperative, it is also vital for the type of social cohesion which sustains vibrant and healthy democracies across Europe.  Access to education needs to be at the heart of our response to poverty and inequality – I believe a Europe-wide strategy is needed to offer direction on how we can provide opportunities for young people in our most disadvantaged communities, as well as enable lifelong learning to offer a helping hand to those who have been left behind. Europe’s response to the refugee crisis has been grossly inadequate to date – Ireland’s history of immigration compels us to be a strong voice for tolerance, inclusion and integration, not a complicit bystander.

New Technology and the Future of Work

If we are to preserve social cohesion and prevent the forces of far-right populism from taking hold in Europe, it is essential that the so-called fourth industrial revolution of artificial intelligence, automation and digitalisation does not leave large parts of our society behind. The benefits of increased productivity must be shared fairly with all workers across the economy, and not simply gobbled up by a small global elite. The automation of processes and services pose both an enormous risk to people’s livelihoods, and a unique opportunity for the liberation of workers. While some jobs may be altered radically, displaced or disappear forever, new jobs that we could scarcely even imagine will emerge in their place. Debates on a universal basic income and a shorter working week are amplifying across Europe in response to these challenges, with business trials and government pilot programmes taking place in many countries. Irish workers need an agreed European approach that ensures that the future of work means greater prosperity, freedom and happiness for all our people.

Gary Gannon for Europe

If you have any further suggestions, questions or comments, here are the best ways to connect with us!

Email : [email protected]
Location : 28 Frederick Street South, Dublin 2, D02 YW57