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Michael Harkin

Michael Harkin is a Ballymore native and part-time sheep and cattle farmer, roads operative and father of seven.

He is a dedicated Aontú activist keen to work on defending rural communities from the distraction of Ministers in Dublin who have forgotten farmers, the fishing industry and the traditions of rural life.

As the chairman of Creeslough Community Association, he is no stranger to residents, helping to organise events from charity fundraisers to area clean-ups and more. Adding the role of Councillor will only enhance Michael’s determination and drive to serve his community

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.