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Ben Conroy

“I joined Aontú because I believe in a politics of equality and human rights – and Aontú is the only party in the country pursuing that vision consistently, in a way that includes everyone. It’s as simple as that.”

Ben is the Cathaorlach of Ogra Aontu. He studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford University, where he was Co-President of Oxford Students for Life, and did an MA in Philosophy at University College Dublin.


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.