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Liam McElhinney

A native of Dungiven, Liam has been deeply involved in the Dungiven community for years. Liam has won 19 championships at a club level in both Hurling and Football. He has also represented Derry in both minor under 21s hurling and senior football.  Graduating from University of Ulster with a Ba Honours in Business and IT and St Andrew’s College in Glasgow with a PGCE, Liam now works in special needs education and coaches the local Derry GAA for All. Living with his wife and children in the area, Liam is ready to work hard to make his community a better place. 


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.