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Aontú Selects Rosemary McGlone To Contest Slieve Croob DEA

Aontú have selected Rosemary McGlone to contest the Slieve Croob DEA in the upcoming Local Election. Rosemary is a teacher in Belfast. She lives in Finnis, Dromara. Announcing her candidacy Rosemary stated;

“It is a great opportunity to be selected to run for Aontú in the Newry Mourne Down council election. As a human rights party and Ireland’s fastest growing political movement, both North and South, Aontú offers a real alternative to the establishment parties. Throughout my candidacy, I hope to put Aontú’s values of Life, Unity and Economic Justice at the forefront of my campaign.”
Despite only being four years old,  Aontú have already managed to surpass more established parties such as People Before Profit. With councillors from Derry to Wexford and TDs in the Dáil, Aontú are already demonstrating how we can challenge the group think of the political establishment.
We believe that political parties should work for their votes. MLAs are still taking a wage, while not doing the work they were sent to Stormont to do. This wouldn’t be accepted in any other profession. MLAs must have their wages suspended if they’re not willing to do their job. We are also calling for an end to the system where one party can crash the Assembly or block the Assembly from functioning. We want to devolve economic power from London to Belfast, so Stormont has actually got the financial capacity to help the people of Newry, Mourne and Down.

I’ve seen first-hand the effect of the failed policies of the Stormont parties. There is a massive crisis in our health care service. While it’s welcome that Daisy Hill will become an elective care centre, it’s important that this doesn’t come at the cost of Daisy Hill’s capacity for emergency general surgery. This year, Newry and Mourne are expected to have the 3rd highest population in the whole of the North of Ireland and yet the medical services are not in place to accommodate this.

As a human rights activist and a nationalist, I’ve been consistently disappointed by how Sinn Féin and the SDLP no longer stand up for fundamental human rights. The final straw came for me came when Sinn Féin and SDLP MLAs voted for abortion up until birth for children with disabilities. I am dedicated to improving my community and working hard to improve the lives of everyone in Newry, Mourne and Down.


By Aontú Press | 23 January, 2023

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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.