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Saoirse Ní Chónaráin

Tallaght Central LEA - South Dublin County Council

Saoirse Ní Chonárain is the Tallaght Central representative for Aontú.

She is a Tallaght native, having grown up in Kilnamanagh. Saoirse has placed a huge emphasis on community work both locally and nationally, volunteering in a diverse range of organisations and services which provide support to disadvantaged individuals, families and their children. Seeing the divide within the country, the lack of support and services is something that has driven Saoirse to get involved in Aontú and she intends to run in the local elections to make a real positive difference for our community.

The failures of the government led Saoirse to set up her own organisation in 2021 aimed at helping underprivileged children across Dublin. Saoirse is a key member of shoulder2shoulder homeless outreach - a group organised by local individuals to provide clothing, tents and hot meals to homeless in Dublin. She currently works as a manager while also studying History and Irish. Saoirse is active in GAA being involved with St. Kevin’s Kilian’s in Kilnamanagh; her family are also involved in GAA and Soccer locally.

Saoirse's Local Election Leaflet

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.