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Cormac Ó Corcoráin

Cormac Ó Corcoráin’s Priorities:

Cormac Ó Corcoráin is a native of Newcastle and received his education in the city at Bushypark N.S., Coláiste Mhuire (St. Mary’s), and NUI, Galway. Like his late grandmother Margaret Lally, who ran Fairhill Stores in the Claddagh area for many years, Cormac operated his own business, a petrol station, for six years. He is married with four small children.

For 20 years Cormac has been taking part in voluntary work with local community organisations. He has taken part in flood relief work, as well as street clean-ups with his local residents group. He has carried out first aid duties at sporting and other public events and has acted as a carer to the elderly and to those with special needs. He has fundraised for crisis pregnancy support services, for perinatal hospice care to be set up in Galway, and for the services provided by the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps in Galway. He campaigned against the introduction of property taxes on the home.

Cormac is a member of Galway Cathedral Choir, and was involved both on and off the stage with amateur musical theatre in Galway for many years, in particular with the Patrician Musical Society, and an Taibhdhearc. Tá amhráin ráite aige as Gaeilge ar an stáitse agus ar an raidíó. Tá sé ina bhall den Chumann Luthchleas Gael.

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.