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Róisín Bennett

Roisín has been a community activist all of her life. She is a Wife and a Mother  who has lived in Antrim for over 30 years, since she moved from her childhood county of Derry. Throughout her life, she has shown her passion and love for Irish dancing, culture and history (as well as playing Camogie and the fiddle) – instilled in her growing up by her father. She is running for Aontú in the Stormont Elections, to fight for the Human Right to Life for everyone, Economic Justice, Irish Unity, the Irish language, and to represent the communities too easily forgotten by the broken Stormont Establishment.

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 a half a 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.