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Ian Noel Smyth

Cabra-Glasnevin LEA - Dublin City Council

As a father of four young children, Ian has a real sense of the needs, issues and concerns of parents in this area specifically including reduced access to schools, unsustainable childcare costs, inadequate local facilities, poor community garda presence, crime and issues related to social isolation, amongst many.

An Architect and business owner, Ian lives in Annamoe in Cabra having previously lived in Clonliffe Road and Stoneybatter since the mid-nineties. He is active in GAA being involved with Whitehall Colmcilles GAA Club and as a senior level referee as well as being an active member of the local Swimming Club.

His family are also involved in GAA and Soccer locally. Ian Noel Smyth believes that Aontú is the only true opposition party which constantly challenge this Government on its poor performance.

Aontú actually have principles and stand for something, Aontú members believe in genuine respect and common sense in public representation and will not change policies simply because of the latest opinion polls or a shift in media sentiment.

Ian Noel's Local Election 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.