Aontú Leader Peadar Tóibín TD and Aontú Deputy Leader Cllr Denise Mullen have criticised the Stormont Establishment for driving up the cost of living, increasing poverty and inequality, and with wages stagnating.
Cllr Mullen: “35% spike in gas prices. 10% increase in house prices. 10% hike in electricity prices. Stagnating wages. Increasing inequality and poverty. That is the record of the Stormont Establishment parties in government. Sinn Féin, the SDLP, Alliance, the DUP and the UUP have an overwhelming majority in the Assembly to improve the lot of the people in the North – but continuously fail to do so. There are now cutbacks to the Universal Credit potentially plunging 11,000 children into poverty, whilst the cost of a school uniform is a barrier to education. The issues that matter and the needs of our communities play second fiddle to partisanship and politics. It is time to up end the Stormont Establishment.”
An Teachta Tóibín: “What has become glaringly apparent is that all the parties currently in the Stormont Executive do not have solutions to the issues facing the North. These parties have the full resources and authority to support those most in need, but instead we are seeing increasing rates of poverty and inequality in households across the North. We need radical change in the North. We need a return to grassroot politics centred around bread and butter issues to improve quality of life on offer in the North. Aontú offers that return. Aontú offers a break from establishment parties more interested in party gains than community support. The time is now for a change in the North, and a break from partisan politics that hurt our communities.”