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Aontú to Launch Largest Ever Election Candidate Team On Tuesday the 18th in Belfast

Aontú will launch 19 candidates for the Local Election in the North of Ireland on Tuesday the 18th of April at 7.30pm in The Devinish, Finaghy Rd North, West Belfast. Speaking in advance of the launch, Leader of Aontú and Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín stated:  

 

“This will be Aontú’s largest candidate team so far in any election in the North of Ireland. I am extremely proud of the quality of candidates in the Aontú team in this election. We have articulate and able men and women from all walks of life who have shown massive dedication to their communities. Hospital campaigners, educationalists, community activists, health care workers, entrepreneurs, housing campaigners, legal experts and disability activists to name but a few. What they all have in common is a commitment to radically changing the broken nature of governance in the north of Ireland. Aontú will win council seats across the north in May”.

 

“The north is trapped in political dysfunction. Key public services such as health, housing, education and transport are corroding by the day while the well paid establishment political parties do nothing. Public service staff are either leaving their sectors or striking. The very fabric of our societies is fraying.  The Cost of Living crisis is pushing the old and infirm into poverty and yet Sinn Féin, the DUP and the SDLP have imposed massive Rates increases on the people. Throughout all of this the democratic institutions of the people have been subverted by the arrogance of the DUP”.    

     

“Only Aontú has been consistent in terms of reform. We have called for the institutions of the north to be reformed to prevent the Executive being crashed, to prevent one party stopping the Executive being reformed. We have made this argument in the Dáil, in London and in Washington DC. Aontú is the only party to draft legislation to cut the salaries of the MLAs to the Minimum Wage while they refuse to do their jobs. We are the only party seeking the devolution of economic levers from London to Belfast to allow the elected representatives of this country actually help fix this broken society”.

 

“We have successfully tabled bills in the Dáil to allow Northern MPs to sit and speak in the Dáil and in Oireachtas Committees, to create a Commission of Inquiry into British Collusion in killings in Ireland and to force the southern government to take the British Government to the European Court of Human Rights over the Legacy Bill. We are the only nationalist party to support the human right to life of everyone and to oppose the legislation in the north that allows for abortion of a child with disabilities up until birth”.  

  

“There is real momentum behind Aontú’s campaign. Aontú held 10 public meetings across the north of Ireland since Christmas.  We were first out canvassing, leafleting and postering in many areas. There is an energy in our campaign that has been missing from the establishment parties for many years. This campaign is for many people about life and death, about the ability to feed your family and keep the heat on. Its about get whether you can get a critical operation when you need to or not. Its about the ability for your son and daughter to get a job and a home here in Ireland.  This election is about the ability of families to keep their head above water. Its about whether our political future is more of the same or if we can step into a new prosperous Ireland of real democratic accountability”.        

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By Aontú Press | 13 April, 2023



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