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Liam Mulligan

Liam Mulligan is married to Anne and they have 2 children, 1 with Down Syndrome. He was born in “The Burma” in Letterkenny and lived in Buncrana and Drogheda as his father had to move for his job in the Customs & Excise.

He qualified as an electronic engineer and worked for over 30 years with Siemens in Ireland, experiencing huge change in many different areas, from being a teetotaller involved in the computerisation of the Guinness brewery to including visiting many of the greatest, and smallest, breweries in Germany to finding himself in tunnelling works 30 metres under the centre of Athens in connection with the ever-promised Dublin Metro. Liam has worked with private industry, small and large, and with semi-state and public bodies.

The service office for Siemens Wind Power was placed in Letterkenny rather than Dublin on his initiative. His allegiance to Donegal and awareness of its issues as well as conversations over the years with senior international colleagues gives him a different view than the narrow Dublin establishment. As a carer, he is particularly concerned with the lack of services for the disabled and vulnerable in Donegal as well as the deficits in the whole health service in the county.

He supports the work of Donegal Down Syndrome in his role as treasurer.

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.