Aontú

  • 27-year-old school teacher from Knock, Paul Lawless has been selected as a candidate by Aontú to run in the Claremorris Local Electoral Area this May 24th.

    Aontú is the political party created by former Sinn Fein TD Peadar Toibin.  

    Paul teaches Maths and PE at Ballyhaunis Community School. After playing soccer for Mayo, Connaught and the Republic of Ireland at underage level, he achieved a professional contract with Derby County FC. This led to him attaining a scholarship to study a BE.d at UCC, and an M.B.A in the USA. He is currently doing a post graduate in Mathematics in his spare time. Paul plays Gaelic football for both Aughamore GAA club and the Mayo junior football team.

    Paul felt compelled to get involved in local politics to address what he describes as the regional development imbalance which is hurting Mayo.

     

  • Whatever the make-up of Mayo County Council following tomorrow's local elections, all elected councillors should make a united call on Government to approve a life-changing drug for children suffering from SMA - Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

    That's according to Paul Lawless, Aontú local election candidate in the Claremorris electoral area.

    Mr Lawless wants to see all local authority members putting pressure on Government to approve Spinraza for children across the country suffering from SMA -including two children in south Mayo......

  • A “Citizens Initiative” type of system needs to be introduced for Mayo County Council, according to Claremorris election candidate Paul Lawless.

    The Aontu candidate says the initiative would be comparable to what’s available at EU level.

    In the European Parliament across all member nations, the public can have an issue of concern debated by MEPs at the European Parliament once they collect 1 million signatures.

    At a local level, Mr Lawless is proposing that the same opportunity should be given if 500 signatures are collected in the county, and he suggests that a representative of those citizens should be able to address the council before the debate is held.

    He also wants an online noticeboard facility where local issues can be highlighted directly to the council by the electorate.

  • Kilmovee native, Tommy Horan has been selected as a candidate by Aontú to run in the Swinford Local Electoral Area this May.

    Aontú was founded by former Sinn Fein TD Peadar Toibin TD.

    Tommy Horan is a Family Support and Community Development Worker at Kilmovee Family Resource Centre and is also self employed running his own business.

    He has an extensive track record in community development and has always been actively involved, at local, county and national levels.

    Tommy has been the one of the driving forces behind the now well-known and busy social enterprise of Kilmovee Community Centre which incorporates social housing, all weather pitch, laundry, health centre, meeting rooms, Meals on Wheels and Heritage Centre.

    He serves on the Board of Mayo North East Leader which is responsible for Leader Funding (Rural Development Programme) in North and East Mayo. He has huge concerns that the current programmes funding has been slashed which is another hit at Rural Mayo.

  • Sinn Fein's popularity has plummeted by five points according to a new opinion poll.

    It now leaves them 18 per cent behind leaders Fine Gael.

    After a promising surge in last month's poll, things seem to have changed dramatically for Sinn Fein.

    The latest Red C opinion poll for the Sunday Business Post has them at 13 per cent - a decrease of five points.

    It comes a fortnight after party leader Mary Lou McDonald posed behind a controversial banner reading "England get out of Ireland" at the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York.

    Meanwhile, support for Fine Gael is unchanged at 31 per cent, while Fianna Fáil are on 25, up one point.

    The Social Democrats, the Independent Alliance and the Green Party all sit on 3 per cent, with Solidarity-People Before Profit on two.

    The Independents and Labour are unchanged on 15 and 5 per cent respectively, while Renua and Peadar Tóibín's new party Aontú are on less than 1 per cent.