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Aontú launches its 2024 Local and European manifesto

Aontú have launched their European and Local Election manifesto today in Dublin promising 'Accountability and Common Sense'.

Party Leader and Midlands North West MEP candidate Peadar Tóibín TD speaking at the launch said:

"Ireland is a deeply divided country, not just North/South but in many other ways also. We have an overheating capital with the worst congestion in Europe where people cannot get housing or access to schools. We have a sprawling commuter belt where workers spend 2 or 3 hours a day commuting, some from as far as Munster, Connacht and Ulster. And we have rural Ireland that is emptying out of its young people.

This divide is accelerating in part because of the attack on farmers and fishermen who are being scapegoated by a government failing on their environmental commitments. Despite all of these issues we have a political system that is simply not listening to the people. The referendums showed that the government and most of the opposition are not listening to the people. The political establishment are distracted by the culture wars and have forgotten about the bread-and-butter issues concerning the people.

In many ways Ireland is being ruled by a political cartel, a metropolitan elite, making decisions oblivious to the needs of the people. The constant feedback loop between political parties, some NGOs and some within the media is drowning out the voices of the people. One of the major crisis at the heart of the governance of Ireland is the lack of accountability. Accountability is a key element of Aontú’s platform.

Leo Varadkar stated that the National Children’s Hospital would be complete by 2020 at a cost 700 million save an asteroid hitting the planet. Its 2024, there is no opening date, and the cost is €2.25 billion. €300 million has been spent on metro north and not a shovel has been put in the ground. The government spent €22 on ventilators that have never worked and are now being stored at a cost of €50,000 a year. Over 100 electric buses sitting idle in Dublin for 18 months the lack of charging points.

Roderic O’Gorman has bought 37 buildings to house asylum seekers and only 1 of them is in use. The people of Midleton were promised flood defences in 2015 and yet the planning permission for the projected has not been even completed. Imagine how transformative it would be if there was real accountability. There must be a cost, if a person does not do their job. Spending public money should not involve taking less care than spending your own, it should involve more care than your own.

Aontú will inject accountability at all levels government. The government is not listening to the people on other issues too. Immigration is prime among them. Aontú has long sought a compassionate and commonsense approach to immigration. Most of the information in the public domain on the issue has been achieved by Aontú. But in truth the government’s management of immigration has been a shambles. The government is also leading the country towards a European Military Union which could see Irish sons and daughters fighting in wars.

This is not what the people want. Aontú is listening to the people. We have been the only party that has stood with the people on a range of different issues. We are not just the best organised opposition to this government. We are in many respects the only opposition to this government. We are launching our largest candidate offering yet with 66 excellent candidates in the Locals Elections, three brilliant European Elections candidates and a Limerick Mayor candidate. Aontú is on the cusp of breakthrough in many areas in the country.

We will put the voice of the people back in the heart of local, national and European governance again."

You can access the manifesto here.

By Aontú Press | 4 June, 2024

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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.