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Aontú Selects Darán Mac Meanman to Contest the Sperrin DEA in the Upcoming Local Election

Aontú have selected Darán Mac Meanman to contest the Sperrin DEA in the upcoming Local Election. 


Speaking upon his selection, Mr Mac Meanman said: “I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to represent the interests of my community in the upcoming local elections . Having served as a Royal College of Nursing’s Student Representative for the north of Ireland, representing the Interests of Nursing Students at a national level and spending many years involved in providing first aid coverage to Strabane, I know first-hand the impact of the failed policies of the Stormont parties especially in the area of healthcare".


Mr Mac Meanman continued: "I’m very excited about how Aontú is impacting politics. Our community is being failed by other parties, who are more interested in playing political games than actually trying to help the people. Aontú representatives have shown that they are willing to do the work up and down the island to actually make a difference in people’s lives, to deliver for their constituents. We see this in the action taken by our Councillor, Emmet Doyle in Derry, who came up with the idea of a Warm Bank to keep vulnerable people warm during the energy crisis, and supplied, out of his own pocket, fuel to keep people warm in his constituency. 

I am deeply frustrated by the lack of action on the Cost of Living crisis that is hurting many in our community.  Aontú is calling on MLAs to lose their salaries if they won’t do their job. It would not be tolerated in any other walk of life. We ae also calling for the end to the system where one party can crash the Assembly over and over again or block and Assembly from functioning and we want to devolve economic power from London to Belfast so Stormont can actually help people.

"In my campaign, I want to focus on issues affecting Strabane. From our under-resourced and understaffed health care services to the underperforming and inadequate GP out of hours provision. I will champion the economic regeneration of Strabane and the whole Sperrin DEA and seek to redress the historic imbalance in public parks and green spaces between Strabane and Derry. I will seek justice and equity for all the people of Strabane.” Concluded Mr Mac Meanman. 



By Aontú Press | 18 January, 2023

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