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John Phelan

Film Industry professional with a background in Accountancy and a Legal Qualification. Living in Rathfarnham and married with 2 grown up children. With deep roots in local community work over many years, I have a strong and passionate interest in my Country and what it stands for.

I took an active interest in local politics running in the local elections in 2009 (Rathfarnham Ward) for Fianna Fáil. Effective government needs good and active opposition. We don’t have that. I am committed to a political landscape that brings all people into politics that offers a new vision and is more inclusive.

For that reason I joined AONTÚ led by Peadar Tóibín. Its core principles of LIFE, UNITY and ECONOMIC JUSTICE offer a new and vibrant platform that moves our political landscape away from the traditional approach of the past. I was proud to run in the 2019 Local Elections for Aontú in the Rathfarnham-Templeogue Electoral Area. I will work hard to develop and promote the community I live in and to address the concerns of all the constituents.

John was involved in the local Ballinteer St. Johns GAA Club, does voluntary work in the area of suicide ideation, served on the parents association and board of management of Loreto Beaufort and likes local history. He serves as representative of the Residents of Hermitage on the Metro South West Combined Residents Associations (36) for better transport in Dublin South west. He enjoys walking.

John’s Priorities

Bringing Back Community Spirit

Mental Health – Resilience

Transport – A proper transport policy for Dublin South West including Metro South West.

Housing –    Proper provision of affordable housing. 

Green Spaces – Renewal of local historic areas for the benefit of our community. i.e.  The Priory, Hermitage, Rathfarnham. Home of Saran Curran lover of Robert Emmet.

Education for All – We should never lose sight of the power and freedom that education can provide.

Contact details

Phone: 087 2568872

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.