Businessman and investor Sean Melly has announced today that he is standing as an independent candidate for Trinity in the forthcoming Seanad election. Mr. Melly has over 30 years experience as a successful international businessman and has taken this step because he believes there should be more experienced business people involved in government and national decision-making.
“I know what is required to start, finance and develop business and create jobs”, said Mr. Melly, “ As a Senator, I will be a voice for business in the Seanad and I will help create an economic environment where enterprise can flourish.”
Following a career in finance in London and New York, Mr. Melly became an entrepreneur in the global telecoms industry, establishing TCL Telecom in Ireland (acquired by Verizon) and eTel (acquired by Telekom, Austria). In 1998, he set up Powerscourt Investments and has spent almost 20 years helping, and investing in, Irish entrepreneurs. He has helped launch many successful businesses, employing hundreds of people.
Mr. Melly’s economic campaign priorities include: the development of a stronger investment environment, restructuring taxation policy to encourage entrepreneurs and improving infrastructure to attract further international investment.
Education is another area of concern for Mr. Melly. For almost a decade he has been working with Trinity College’s leadership to help strengthen the university’s future. “Trinity still ranks among the world’s leading universities however, the role of Trinity and other Irish universities as world leaders is threatened by drastic cuts in state funding”, said Mr. Melly, “I want to help secure the future of Ireland’s universities by improving their quality and international ranking, restructuring their funding and increasing their automony.”
Seanad reform is also high on Mr. Melly priority list. “Two years ago the Irish people voted to retain the Seanad, however, we need to make this institution more relevant and effective.”