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Darán Mac Meanman

A native of Strabane in County Tyrone, Darán is currently studying a Bsc in Spanish and Health Sciences with The Open University. At the same time, Darán works for Allstate NI and has worked for over 10 years as a software engineer for various companies.  

Darán served as the Royal College of Nursing’s Student Representative for the North of Ireland, representing the Interests of Nursing Students on UK National Committees. He also spent many years involved in providing first aid coverage to Strabane. This included re-establishing the order of Malta Ambulance Corps in Strabane. He served for many years with St. John Ambulance in Strabane and beyond. This has given Darán an acute understanding and passion for the health needs of his community.

Darán got involved in politics because he felt that no other party represented him or his community. He is passionate about building a united Ireland and making his community a better place.

Daran'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.