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Michael O'Dowd

Michael O’Dowd is the Aontu Representative in Louth and lives in Drogheda, County Louth.
Education: Michael is a qualified accountant and has an MSc in Business Development from the University of Ulster.
Michael is married to Audrey and has two daughters and a son.

He was twice Mayor of Drogheda and former member of Louth County Council
Michael is a founder member of the social enterprise Ablevision which empowers people with an intellectual disability to speak up for themselves through the use of digital media.
He is a founder member of Drogheda Civic Trust.
He is also involved with the social enterprise My Streets, training homeless people to become tour guides.
Michael has previously worked in Tanzania on development projects.

He is a regular columnist with New York newspaper Irish Voice

Contact details

Phone: 085 8057658

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.