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Patrick Brogan

Patrick Brogan is a native of Mountcharles, Donegal Town.

After many years of working in America, he married his wife, Maria McGlinchey from Laghey. In 2000 he returned to Mountcharles to raise his family. He currently cares for his four children who are autistic and is a passionate advocate for autism awareness, as well as disabled and special needs children and adults.

Patrick knows personally the demands and the struggles put on carers and members of families who help look after loved ones. He has witnessed first hand the benefits that can be achieved when children and young people are supported.

Patrick is determined that they can reach their potential in spite of Governments that have abandoned carers and instead presented empty promises, most recently in their failed referendums.

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.