LABOUR Party general election candidate Athy councillor Mark Wall has been diagnosed with a life changing disease but is determined to face the challenge head on.
There was a lot of speculation last week when Cllr Wall failed to tak part in The People’s Debate with Vincent Browne last Monday night.
The debate which was aired last Wednesday night was recorded at the Keadeen Hotel two days previously and it featured all but two of the declared candidates. This led to much speculation about the whereabouts of Cllr Mark Wall on Twitter and Facebook and at the debate itself with Vincent Browne telling the audience, with a hint of scepticism, that the councillor had informed the show that he was ill.
Cllr Wall told the Kildare Nationalist that he had planned to attend the debate and was looking forward to doing so but on Friday he explaind why he could not attend..
“A couple of days before Christmas, I was diagnosed with Chrons Disease, I started treatment on 24 December. This is a life changing disease for which there is no cure but a lot of people that I’ve spoken to are carrying on normal lives,” he said.
“I’m sure many of your readers and their families are living with this condition. The advice I’m on is that it will take a number of weeks for medication to control this problem and I’ve a number of appointments to deal with this over the coming weeks. “I’m looking forward to carrying on my work and dealing with everything that comes my way. This is a challenge but like some 15,000 people in the country who have it, it is a challenge I will face head on,” he added.
Meanwhile Anti Water Charges campaigner Lorraine Hayde from Athy who had declared as a candidate for the National Citizens Movement told the Kildare Nationalist that she wasn’t at the debate because she had decided not to contest the election.
“Unfortunately I have to stand back from running. I have gone back and forth and back and forth again for a while with this decision. My house is under threat of repossession from the banks and I am under pressure fighting that. I have to put that first and I do hope that the candidates who are running outline how they will put a proper in place for people who are in arrears because what is there now isn’t working.”