Emmet Doyle is the Aontú councillor for Ballyarnett on Derry City and Strabane District Council.
Emmet was brought up in Creggan and the Bogside and became a community activist at an early age, serving on Derry City Shadow Council and then Junior Mayor of the City.
After graduating from Ulster University with a degree in Irish History and Politics, Emmet worked for a charity supporting young people before moving to the Northern Ireland Assembly where he served as an advisor to a senior MLA for four years.
Emmet is a qualified public affairs specialist and a member of the UK Chartered Institute of Public Affairs.
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.
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