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James Duffy

James is a counsellor/psychotherapist with SOSAD (Save our sons and Daughters), a pro-life coordinator for county Monaghan and an Aontú

James is a grandson of big Mick McDonnell (renowned ambulance driver and founder member of the Patrick Kavanagh memorial society) and Mary Ellen nee Brennan. From family to health, from farming to employment, from childcare to education, from dereliction to neglect, South Monaghan has been left in desperate need.

Neglected by the very people who were elected to look after our interests.

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.