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Gerard Herdman

Gerard Herdman is a native of West Belfast. He has four children and four grandchildren  and currently works as a plumbing tutor. Having lived in the area through the dark days of the troubles he is well aware of how the community has suffered at the hands of British forces and the lingering aftereffects both mentally and economically. He has seen these problems exacerbated by poor political choices  that has left many of it's people in poverty and short of local employment. Aontú's principled stand on difficult issues spurred him toward making a stand and he was delighted to be chosen as the party's representative for the `West`.

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Ger Herdman - Give unborn a voice when you next vote

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.