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For the attention of the Chief Executive of Cork City Council and the Superintendent, Anglesea Garda Station.

The importance of local services cannot be underestimated, not only for the local area but to reduce pressure on services in bigger and more central areas.

It is for this reason that we in Aontú and your representative Becky Kealy protest the closure of the fire service in Ballincollig and demand improved funding for the local Garda station.

I, the undersigned, am requesting the retention of a fire service in Ballincollig and an upgrade of the service level in Ballincollig Garda station.

Which of change, library, green or whiskey is a colour?


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.