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Sheila Fullerton

Sheila Fullerton is a married mother of two and has recently been promoted to the role of grandmother. Sheila has a love for literature, that inspired her to pursue a career in teaching, with a view to developing a keen love of and for literature in the next generation.

Sheila teaches English Language and English Literature to students in Years 8 to Year 14 inclusive. She is passionate about education and raising and improving literacy and communication skills, as literacy not only enriches lives, but also aids the development of skills enabling individuals to provide for themselves and their family.

Sheila’s pathway into teaching was not the ‘traditional one’, and she fought hard to return to education, as a mature student at the age of 25. She subsequently graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast four years later with a B.Ed. (Hons) First Class in English Literature. Sheila is determined to work hard to ensure that everyone, irrespective of age or gender, can access educational and career pathways so that they too, may achieve their goals, and improve their standard of living for themselves and their family.

Sheila lives in Bellaghy, a village in Mid Ulster, where she happily raised her family and looks forward to watching the next generation of her family grow and develop. Sheila believes that it is important to protect, sustain and develop communities, like Bellaghy in the Mid Ulster District, as these small communities are the building blocks upon which the wider infrastructure of society rests. She will work relentlessly to acquire increased development, investment, and support for education, health care and infrastructure to help sustain and improve life for everyone in the area.

Sheila'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.