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Róisín Bennett Selected by Aontú to Contest South Antrim Constituency in Stormont Election

Aontú has selected Roisín Bennett as their candidate for South Antrim in the next Assembly Elections, a target constituency for the party as we aim to challenge the Establishment Parties and fix the broken Stormont system.

 

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.

 

An Teachta Tóibín: “44,000 people are on housing waiting lists, 250,000 people are on hospital waiting lists for longer than a year, ¼ of a million people are in poverty and SF/SDLP MLAs have voted for abortion right up until the birth of the child. That the DUP has torn down Stormont in the middle of these very real human crisis is wrong and it must not be allowed to happen again. Aontú is the only political party calling for the reform of the democratic institutions to prevent any one party tearing them down again or any one party preventing an Executive being formed in the future. These life and death issues are too important for  Stormont to be crashed over and over again. We are also calling for the suspension of MLA salaries for the political parties who crash the democratic institutions or prevent Executives being formed”.

 

“Roisín is a life long community and political activist. Like many others, she left Sinn Féin due to their radical change in direction and abandonment of core values. Róisín will lead the fight to give a voice to the tens of thousands of people who currently have no representation in Antrim. She will lead the fight for the reform of the democratic institutions to ensure that they work for the people who need it. Róisín will fight for the right to life of everyone especially unborn children. She will fight for compassionate supports for mothers, who because of the housing, health and economic crisis, feel like they don’t have a choice. Róisín fully supports the Integrated Education sector but will fight for equality and parity of esteem in the education system and will oppose the Integrated Education Bill that seeks to prioritise funding for one sector over your local school. All students, Catholic, Protestant and Integrated, should be treated equally.”

 

“Aontú is only three years old, yet we have achieved over 50,000 votes, has elected reps from Derry to Wexford, has over 1,000 members and 60 functioning Cumann. Aontú is polling higher that PbP and similar levels to the Labour and the Greens. We are an All-Ireland political movement that is now preparing for the Stormont elections. The north is at a cross roads. Do we stumble along from one crisis to another or do we back the Aontú campaign to reform the system for the better. A vote for Róisín is a vote for compassion and a vote to fix the broken system.   

 

By Aontú Press | 23 February, 2022



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