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Emmet Doyle
Emmet Doyle is the former Aontú councillor for Ballyarnett on Derry City and Strabane District Council. Emmet was brought up in Creggan and the Bogside and became a community activist at an early age, serving on Derry City Shadow Council and [...]

By Aontú Press | 20 May, 2021

Gemma Brolly
Gemma is mother of four children, an Irish Medium teacher and wife of a local farmer from Ballerin,Co. Derry.  She believes strongly in life from ‘womb to tomb’ and protecting the right to life and all rights within each life. [...]

By Aontú Press | 30 November, 2021

Siobhán McErlean
I am honoured to be your council election candidate for the Dunsilly area. As a mother and Health Visitor, I am an active member of our local community. I currently serve on the committee of our community centre, and I [...]

By Aontú Press | 17 April, 2023

Sharon Loughran
My name is Sharon Loughran and I am honoured to introduce myself as your Aontú candidate for the upcoming council election in Newry. I am a dedicated A&E Nurse in Daisy Hill Hospital and am a native of Newry. I [...]

By Aontú Press | 17 April, 2023

John Boyle
John Boyle is the owner of a small business and has been active in politics for the past 10 years. After joining Aontú in 2019 and witnessing first-hand the excellent work done by Aontú representatives, he believes that if elected, he too [...]

By Aontú Press | 17 April, 2023

Darán Mac Meanman
A native of Strabane in County Tyrone, Darán is currently studying a Bsc in Spanish and Health Sciences with The Open University. At the same time, Darán works for Allstate NI and has worked for over 10 years as a [...]

By Aontú Press | 23 December, 2022

Sheila Fullerton
Sheila Fullerton is a married mother of two and has recently been promoted to the role of grandmother. Sheila has a love for literature, that inspired her to pursue a career in teaching, with a view to developing a keen [...]

By Aontú Press | 23 December, 2022

Seán Mac Cearáin
Seán Mac Cearáin is a retired lecturer, having worked for 35 years in the NWRC of Further Education. During that time, he taught GCSE and A level English, Irish and History. He spent many years teaching on schemes aimed at [...]

By Aontú Press | 23 December, 2022

Rosemary McGlone
A nationalist and human rights activist. Rosemary McGlone is a teacher in a Secondary School in Belfast and a mother to four young children. Like many Nationalists, Rosemary felt no longer represented by SF or the SDLP. Rather than let [...]

By Aontú Press | 17 April, 2023

Liam McElhinney
A native of Dungiven, Liam has been deeply involved in the Dungiven community for years. Liam has won 19 championships at a club level in both Hurling and Football. He has also represented Derry in both minor under 21s hurling and senior football.  Graduating [...]

By Aontú Press | 17 April, 2023

Noreen McEldowney
Noreen lives in Ballinascreen with her husband and three young children. A trainee solicitor, she has worked as a newspaper journalist in Derry and Tyrone. Noreen has a passion for Human Rights law and holds master’s degree in the field. [...]

By Aontú Press | 17 April, 2023

Daniel Connolly
Daniel Connolly, a native of Keady, Co Armagh, is a primary school teacher, husband and father of one, who is determined to stand up for the issues that matter to our communities - from childcare, to education, to cost of [...]

By Aontú Press | 28 March, 2022

John Robbin
John is a father and grandfather based in Glenariffe in Co. Antrim. Having studied a BA(Hons) in Social, Economic History and Politics in Queen's University, he works as a tour guide and Taxi Operator in the Glens of Antrim and [...]

By Aontú Press | 27 March, 2023

Leza Houston
Leza is a working student, currently studying law in Ulster University. She lives in West Tyrone with her young family and is currently expecting her fifth child. Leza was motivated to get involved in politics to stand for human rights [...]

By Aontú Press | 18 January, 2023

Darryl Christy
Husband and father of a baby boy, Darryl Christy, is a native of Derry. He works as a panel technician in a local garage and he is also a part time sheep and horse farmer. Darryl attended St Joseph’s Boys [...]

By Aontú Press | 17 April, 2023

Alixandra Halliday
Alixandra Halliday is a mother of three, graduate of the North West Regional College and halds a Honours BA degree from the University of Ulster. She has worked in the retail sector and hospitality sector – giving her first-hand insight [...]

By Aontú Press | 28 March, 2022

Gerard Herdman
Gerard Herdman is a native of West Belfast. He has four children and four grandchildren  and currently works as a plumbing tutor. Having lived in the area through the dark days of the troubles he is well aware of how [...]

By Aontú Press | 6 January, 2022

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.