Imelda Munster is a Sinn Féin TD, first elected in 2016. Imelda (51) is a native of Drogheda where she resides with her husband Niall and two daughters.
Munster has been a member of Sinn Féin for over 30 years and ran alongside former party leader Gerry Adams in the 2016 General Election where she obtained 13.1% first preference votes to be elected to Dáil Éireann. She is Sinn Féin’s current spokesperson for Transport, Tourism and Sport.
Prior to that, she served on Louth County Council for 12 years from 2004 to 2016. Imelda is a self confessed advocate for social justice and equality, campaigning for local services. She has also been vocal in her support of health services.
Editor’s Note: All candidates running in the Louth constituency received the same questions.
/ What would you describe as your personal ‘signature’ issue in this election?
Garda resources, the drugs issue, and how to protect our young people. Drogheda, Ardee and the mid-Louth areas are being left behind or forgotten about when it comes to investment, funding and jobs and there is an imbalance in the county.
/ Why should someone vote for you/your party?
I have a proven track record. I have been a strong voice for Louth since I was elected four years ago and have consistently held government ministers to account. I have pursued the Northern Cross Route, the Ardee Bypass and supported city status for Drogheda and will continue to do so. I have fought the government over the scandalous housing crisis, lengthy waiting lists and other health issues.
I have been instrumental in tabling legislation in a number of areas including the Tips Bill and one that is close to my heart – the treatment of older people in nursing homes who are being double charged. I also got the law changed, securing priority for border counties in the allocation of Brexit supports.
I have always believed that no person should ever be left behind. I want to see a United Ireland but it needs to be an Ireland where we can all live in and be proud of.
/ Whether you are a new candidate or seeking re-election, what drove you to stand for public office?
My Republican beliefs and by belief that no-one should ever be left behind.
/ What, in your opinion, is the most pressing issue in the Louth constituency?
There are several priorities. Additional gardaí and supports, housing vrisia and investment in long-promised vital pieces of infrastructure.
/ Do you believe that society works for all? Explain your answer and if not, how do you propose to change that?
Society does not work for all. For almost the past hundred years either Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael, propped up by Labour or the Greens, have been in power. They’d had their chance to build a fairer society and they have not used it. Instead we have gotten vulture funds, bank bailouts, and housing crisis after housing crisis. It is time to change all of that. Sinn Féin is the only party that can bring the type of change that workers and communities want. We are up to that challenge.
/ What message would you give people who feel alienated by the political system and who do not intend to cast a vote on February 8?
We can change this. Give Sinn Féin a chance. We will not let you down.
/ The gap between the richest people in society and the poorest continues to grow. How can this society be made more equitable?
We need to lower the cost of living, tackle the housing and trolley crises, protect workers and communities, and take on the vested interests that continue to rip us off.
/ If you get elected, what one aim would you like to achieve in your first 100 days in Dail Eireann?
Garda resources for Drogheda and sign-off on long-promised roads infrastructure projects.
/ What, in your opinion, gives you the edge over your fellow candidates in this election?
I am proud that the people of the Louth and East Meath constituency elected me to represent them in Leinster House in 2016, and I have worked tirelessly on their behalf in that time. If elected next year I will continue to work hard for my constituents, standing up for the people of Louth and East Meath and holding those in power to account.
/ Who is your hero, and why?
Bobby Sands would be by hero
/ What do you do to relax?
Have the craic with friends!
/ What’s your favourite song and why?
Oh loads. At the moment, Against the Wind by Bob Seeger.
/ What’s your TV guilty pleasure?
Don’t really get time to watch TV I’m afraid!