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Aidan Gribbin

Aidan Gribbin is a father and community activist. He is a solicitor and accomplished Irish Traditional fiddle player, deeply involved in his local Comhaltas branch. He is also a strong advocate for the passing on of Irish musical and cultural traditions to the next generation. Aidan has a passion for the Irish language and is delighted to see its growth in his local community and beyond. He currently works with a charity to alleviate the stresses of overwhelming debt for clients.

Aidan has witnessed first hand the struggle of people on a daily basis to heat their homes, or to put food on their tables. When we talk about the cost of living, and the hyper-inflation, it is clear that the two main areas which need attention are food and fuel - two of humanity's most basic needs. These are the knock on effects of poor policy from Stormont.  Stormont has left the most vulnerable in our society exposed. Aidan will lead the fight in Stormont for the most vulnerable, for human rights, and to alleviate the cost of living crisis hammering working families and businesses.

The Irish political system is radically broken

In Ireland the vast majority of elected representatives put a finger in the air to check which way the political wind is blowing. They have one eye on their leaders – seeking brownie points – and another eye keeping their seat safe. If elected reps shut up and do as they’re told, they are promoted; if they stand up for what they believe in, they are demoted. No wonder we have the political class we have. No wonder one point one billion euro is being buried in a hole under the National Children’s Hospital and that Stormont is in stalemate.

Throughout Ireland, many people are now afraid to say what they feel, many are afraid to respectfully engage on a range of different topics. Many feel there is a new censorship and a new political correctness in Ireland, that opposition to the establishment is being deleted.

Respectful opposition is not the enemy. Respectful opposition is a critical element of a functional democracy. Aontú will have the backbone to stand up, without fear, for you.