Aontú will provide an alternative for the people of South Down – Brady
Aontú will be standing in South Down the December election.
Aontú candidate for South Down Paul Brady stated:
“Aontú was founded less than a year ago. We are an all-Ireland party committed to Irish self-determination, the protection of universal human rights and economic justice. We have elected representatives in Wexford, Meath, Tyrone and Dr. Anne McCloskey, our deputy leader, was elected to Derry and Strabane Council. Our leader Peadar Tóibín TD represents the constituency of Meath West.
“Aontú believes that the ongoing political dysfunction in the north is harmful to citizens, community cohesion and is having a detrimental impact on the quality of people’s lives. The cartel politics here has allowed the political establishment to neglect its responsibilities to all the people.
“Stormont has been shut for more than 1,000 days and MLAs are still receiving salaries and expenses. MLAs have received more than £15 million in salaries alone throughout the time of Stormont’s closure.
“It is clear that citizens and the community-at-large is being failed while the cartel of establishment political parties neglect their duty to protect and improve people’s living standards. Since the onset of this election campaign, they have carved-up constituencies between themselves and think they can fool the public by telling us all that their electoral pacts are not pacts at all.
“Aontú is determined to provide an alternative to the cartel establishment parties. Too many people are in a state of homelessness and people are dependent on food banks. The austerity-driven system of Universal Credit is worsening living conditions and hospital patients are suffering on waiting lists. Aontú is committed to moving beyond the stalemate that has gripped politics here.
“Tragically in September, the Westminster parliament, as requested by Sinn Féin and facilitated by the SDLP, imposed an extreme abortion regime on the north of Ireland. This move rode roughshod over democracy and has left preborn human beings without any protections and stripped of the human right to life.
“Additionally, Westminster is intent on implementing a decision taken in Britain to leave the EU. A majority of people here voted against such a measure. Aontú is opposed to any move that would harden the partition of Ireland. We are committed, in the spirit of the United Irishmen, to working constructively with all people north and south to forge an all-Ireland future based on pluralism and co-operation.
“Aontú is committed to the policy that all our candidates, if elected, will seek to represent citizens in Dáil Éireann. We are determined to build an all-Ireland Dáil, rather than putting our trust in the chaotic Westminster system which has no regard for people in the north of Ireland. We are intent on obliging the Irish government to take seriously the right of people here to representation in an all-Ireland Dáil.”