AONTÚ WON’T GO TO WESTMINSTER BUT MIGHT GO INTO COALITION

2 August 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

NEW PARTY’S FOUNDER GIVES POSITION ON RANGE OF ISSUES

By MICHAEL McDONNELL
michael@northern-standard.ie

PEADAR Tóibín’s new Aontú party would be willing to go into coalition, but not with Fine Gael, and only if the political partnership was right. And, like the Meath West TD’s former party, Sinn Féin, they would not be taking any seats in Westminster should they get an MP elected in the North. As reported last week, the fledgling political organisation’s election convention at Cootehill’s Errigal Hotel saw local elections poll topper Sarah O’Reilly selected as Aontú flag-bearer in the next general election, which many observers expect to occur by the early part of next year.

While the attendance was probably a bit lower in numbers than Peadar and his supporters might have hoped for, the general buzz was high on enthusiasm, ideals and an overall “can do” spirit of optimism. With Tóibín as the only Aontú representative at parliamentary level North or South, the newcomers have five local representatives as of now (two in Northern Ireland and three in this jurisdiction). Of these, four are women, so the party can claim to be well in the game when it comes….

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