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Aubrey Claffey

Aubrey Claffey from Lusmagh, Banagher, Co. Offaly has been heavily involved in his community for over a decade. As a father of four Aubrey understands the many challenges facing families in the local area. 

Aubrey is involved in the Public Participation Network and is Chairperson of the Local Development Association. As part of his passion for Tourism and sustainability, Aubrey has built strong relationships with Waterways Ireland and West Offaly Development.  Ensuring representation for small rural areas is something Aubrey has worked tirelessly to achieve and he is proud of the inroads being made to improve his area.  

‘To be deeply rooted in your local community and be a voice for the people’ is the backbone of Aubrey’s ethos and something he will carry with him to represent the people in his community.

The Irish political system is radically broken

In Ireland the vast majority of elected representatives put a finger in the air to check which way the political wind is blowing. They have one eye on their leaders – seeking brownie points – and another eye keeping their seat safe. If elected reps shut up and do as they’re told, they are promoted; if they stand up for what they believe in, they are demoted. No wonder we have the political class we have. No wonder one point one billion euro is being buried in a hole under the National Children’s Hospital and that Stormont is in stalemate.

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.