“No Budget Will Hurt the people of the North” – Cllr. Doyle
Aontú Cllr for Ballyarnett Emmet Doyle has warned that the without a budget, there will be serious consequences felt by the people of the North
Speaking today, Cllr Doyle said “With the draft three-year budget, agreed by the establishment Stormont parties, being paused, we are racing towards a cliff and the adults aren't in control. The state cannot continue to function without a budget”
Cllr Doyle continued “The North is already racked with crisis. From the fuel crisis, cost of living crisis, crisis in education and in health, we need serious action. At the same time, we have many looming and overbearing crises which threaten those already on the edge as prices continue to spiral. Without a budget, there cannot be decisive action to tackle these crises. The finance minister is already warning of serious overspending by departments as a result of this dysfunction. Playground arguments are stopping serious action being taken to improve the situation for families across the North”
“Aontú have been very clear in our position. MLAs should not be taking a wage if they’re not willing to do the work the people of the North sent them to Stormont to do. We need strong leadership now” concluded Cllr Doyle
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.
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