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Michael Ryan

Enhancing Communities, Health, Disabilities, Broadband, Vandalism and Antisocial Behaviour, Drugs, Gaelige agus ár gCultúr, For Life, Housing/Homelessness, Education

Michael Ryan has been Principal Teacher of Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School, Janesboro since 2007. Michael is married to Teresa and has five grown up children. Michael has worked hard to develop the school and to support the surrounding communities in every way. He has been a community activist in his native Pallasgrean for over 40 years; a member of the Community Council which built the Community Centre and is now Chairman of the Community Council which has recently provided a new playground.

He served as Oifigeach na Gaeilge/ Scór on Limerick GAA County Board from 2011 to 2016. As chairperson of the Castleconnell/Ahane/ Herbertstown branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann from 2010  to 2014, Michael played an active role in organising Fleadh Cheoil Luimní on three occasions. As a father of a grown-up daughter with an intellectual disability, Michael is strongly committed to pushing for proper services for those with disabilities, especially as their parents grow older.

Michael has shown himself to be a committed and hard-working community activist over the years and is ready to bring that dedication to bear for all the people of Limerick City East. Ar aghaidh linn le chéile!

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.