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John Haugh

John Haugh was born and reared in Montpellier, O’BriensBridge, he has been living in Clare for over 13 years with his wife Karen and young family of four kids.

A qualified project manager with years of experience working in the film and television industry. John will bring a creative perspective to some of the issues currently facing County Clare. John believes in giving back to the community.

He has worked as an educator in Youth Hubs and volunteered in local community centres teaching film to young people. John Haugh joined Aontú because, like many of you, he became frustrated with the political establishment in Ireland and became drawn to Aontú because of its common-sense policies. Aontú is the best organised opposition to the damage of this government.

The government is disconnected from the issues facing ordinary people. At a local level John and Aontú will support the revitalisation of communities and towns. He will also be outspoken on the issues at a national level.

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.