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Unified Economy

When decisions are made in London, Brussels and Berlin they are not made purely in Ireland’s interest

The building of the all-Ireland Economy must begin now. It will provide the best way to ameliorate against the worst excesses of Brexit. This means planning together, funding together and delivering services together on an all-Ireland basis. We need to get practical in the development of convergence across our island in terms of taxes, enterprise, health care and supports. Departments north and south need to start working together in partnership. The breadth and depth of the North South Ministerial Council must be radically improved. We need to see the devolution of far more powers from London to Ireland. The North/South Inter- Parliamentary Association must be developed to provide deeper and more regular parliamentary support to the work of the North South Ministerial Council.

The twin-governmental approach of placing their respective heads in the sand is no longer sustainable.

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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 a half a 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.