We need a new style of politics, which has honesty at its core

Rónán says: “It is damaging to democracy when people are consistently lied to about jobs, hospitals and services. It reduces the engagement of citizens with issues, it leads to apathy and a hopelessness about politics. I know that feeling. I have felt betrayed by the political establishment in this country. I have felt let down.

When we are lied to over issues like abortion legislation, hospital closures and local services, we can be lied to about other things as well. A report in 2012 to the Department of Education recommended the closure of small schools. We are told by the Minister for Education that this will not happen. Can we believe him? Another issue is Eirgrid’s plan to erect massive pylons and high-voltage electricity lines across the country. How can we trust politicians not to ignore the communities affected and push ahead with this project?

Constant political betrayal should be a cause of great concern for all Irish people, irrespective of party allegiance.”