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Sharon Loughran

My name is Sharon Loughran and I am honoured to introduce myself as your Aontú candidate for the upcoming council election in Newry. I am a dedicated A&E Nurse in Daisy Hill Hospital and am a native of Newry. I have spent decades working as a nurse here in Ireland, the Middle East and Britain.

As an experienced nurse, I am passionate about the provision of healthcare and protecting the most vulnerable people in our society. I am standing in this election because the future of key ‘life and death services’ in our hospital is in danger. Emergency surgery has been removed. This will have serious ramifications for sick and ill patients from Newry and further afield. It may also lead to further downgrades in the near future, putting our A&E services in danger. I am standing to fight for the future of Daisy Hill Hospital and I urge you to prioritise Daisy Hill Hospital when you vote on Election Day.

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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.