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Seán Mac Cearáin

Seán Mac Cearáin is a retired lecturer, having worked for 35 years in the NWRC of Further Education. During that time, he taught GCSE and A level English, Irish and History. He spent many years teaching on schemes aimed at the personal development of the unemployed youth in the city. As a result of this, he has a keen interest in youth unemployment and the development of further education schemes to the needs of those in our society who are not suited to traditional academic courses. 

Seán has a strong passion for the development of the Irish language, having spent much of his adult life teaching the language throughout the city and the surrounding areas. Currently, he is the Language and cultural officer for Na Magha Hurling club and a traditional fiddle player.

Seán is passionate about fighting unemployment, welfare dependency and emigration. He is dedicated to ensuring that local government does exactly what it is legislated to do. He will oppose all time-wasting by those parties who use council to push agendas which are not within the remit of the council and will keep the focus on serving Derry

Sean's 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.