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Reopen Castlepollard Social Welfare Office - 129 signed

I the undersigned demand that the Social Welfare Office in Castlepollard be reopened on a 5 day a week basis with a full range of services. The Social Welfare Office in Castlepollard was closed on Friday 8th April this year. There was no consultation or notice of the closure with the people of Castlepollard before it was closed.

The closure is a significant blow to all those who were depending on its social welfare services. Its also a blow to the economy of the town of Castlepollard. We are supposed to be a level 2 Key Service Town for this party of Westmeath, yet this this closure is another example of the state’s withdrawal from balance spatial development outside of Dublin. Castlepollard has already lost its Bank of Ireland and other business have been under threat.

Castlepollard is a great town in beautiful countryside. We need to build up the town and the services that are available in it to attract more people to the town. We commend the Castlepollard Local Development Group and the great work that they are doing. We will not allow the government to damage the progress that has been made.

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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.