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Edward McManus

Edward is a Pharmacist and Community Activist who lives in Castleknock where he is married with two young children.

He has served as Chair of the Blanchardstown Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force from 2014 to 2018. Edward has served as secretary to the Castleknock Residents Action Group, is the current Chair of the Castleknock Parish Council and is also a member of Castleknock Tidy Towns Committee.

Through the activities of his children he is a member and supporter of, Castleknock GAA Football and Hurling Club, Castleknock Tennis Club and Coolmine Rugby Club.

Edward’s Priorities – Supporting Families

Crime – Regular Community Policing. Provide Victim Support

Environment – Development of Local Areas through Proper Co-ordinated Planning and Community Led Discussion

Local Community Activities – to be Supported and Funded

Transport – Providing Proper Access to Public Transport and Incentivizing it’s use

Housing – Proper Provision of Affordable Housing for the Needs of Families at Different Stages

Green Spaces-Protecting the Phoenix Park and other Green Spaces as Community Amenities

Enterprise and Education – Promote with Tax Reliefs, Grants and Scholarships

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.