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Daniel Connolly

Daniel Connolly, a native of Keady, Co Armagh, is a primary school teacher, husband and father of one, who is determined to stand up for the issues that matter to our communities - from childcare, to education, to cost of living, to the human right to life. As a teacher, Daniel has seen first-hand the value of diversity in education and the absolute need to protect local rural schools. With a wife who serves as a nurse in our health service, he is committed to protecting our healthcare system from budget cuts, particularly Daisy Hill Hospital and to restore its emergency surgery capacity.

Daniel's Leaflet

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.