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Robbie Loughlin

Robert Loughlin has dedicated his life to improving the lives of others, having worked in the disability sector with Saint Michael’s House for 30 years and as a community activist in the Meakstown area for the last 8 years. 


He has shown his ability to affect real change in his community through the completion of multi-million euro projects for Meakstown's first playground and community centre. Robert knows what it takes to move projects through to completion, cutting through red tape and, more often than not, working against rather than with elected officials to get the job done. 


A family man and father to 6 children, Robert understands the challenges facing families struggling to make ends meet in Ireland. He is committed to refocusing the attention of local policy makers on the basic needs of ordinary citizens: housing, healthcare, safety and community services and amenities. 


Robert joined Aontú after seeing Peadar Tóibín taking a strong principled stand against establishment parties on issues such as immigration, housing and healthcare reform, recognising a force in Irish politics committed to common sense policies for everyday Irish people. 


Aontú's inspiring defeat of the government establishment, and the multibillion-euro NGO sector when we rallied against the Care and Family referendums proves that ordinary people can still accomplish great things in Irish politics. If elected, Robert will represent the people of my community first and foremost.

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.