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Alan Healy

Alan Healy was born in the old tenements and continues to reside at York Street in the heart of Dublin South East Inner City. He has been successful in establishing a number of youth-based arts platforms over the past 35 years renowned throughout the country and beyond including the World Lyrical Dance Federation, Dance Supreme, ShowBizKIDZ and TwirlSTAR.

His long-standing commitment to serving his community began as a volunteer in the Whitefriar Youth Club and Whitefriar Residents Association. In addition to his voluntary work, Alan has raised tens of thousands of euros for local, national and international charities through his own platforms. Father of two wonderful boys, one aged 12 and the other aged 20, Alan’s concerns about their future and the hardship facing many in his own community inspired him to enter politics.

Alan joined Aontú after seeing Peadar Tóibín taking a strong principled stand against establishment parties on issues such as immigration, housing and healthcare reform and recognising a new force in Irish politics committed to common sense policies for everyday Irish people.

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.