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Luke-Peter Silke

“I joined Aontú because rural Ireland has been left behind for too long by successive governments. At a time when Fianna Fáil were propping up a Fine Gael government through their confidence and supply agreement, Peadar Tóibín, for me, represented one of the strongest voices in the opposition benches. No other political party, in my view, fights for the equality of everyone, regardless of where they are on this island, with as much passion and sincerity as Aontú”.

Luke-Peter Silke, from north Galway, is the Public Relations Officer of Ógra Aontú. He is a published author and currently studying a BA in Creative Writing at NUI Galway.

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.