all of the children of the nation equally and oblivious
of the differences carefully fostered by an alien
government, which have divided a minority from the
majority in the past. Proclamation of Ireland
Aine Gribbon is a 39 year old mother of nine children
who has proven to be a most worthy first choice
candidate in the Town Ward where on three previous
occasions her first preference votes out polled
many of those finally elected.
nonsense, no lies, no reward
Her first choice appeal to the electorate is clearly
attributable to her long standing and ongoing, progressive
record of no nonsense, no lies, no reward and her
direct community service and representation as a
committee member of the Rathenraw Community Association
and as a member of the Board of Governors at the
Rathenraw Integrated Primary School.
Politics - A Community Spirit - Say no to self serving
As an Irish Republican, Aine Gribbon remains firmly
rooted in community based politics in Antrim Town
and she believes "People power" ought
to be encouraged and endorsed by all elected representatives
but it is not. All community motivated projects
has enhanced the quality of life in her community,
raised community esteem and further strengthened
a community spirit. Sadly, any community empowered
is regarded as a threat and a goal that rests at
the most extreme polar opposite by those failed
Party Political representatives, who pass through
the council Chambers. They are failed politicians
who continuously deliver closure of youth / children
facilities, community facilities and schools.
People - Change the old council
Introducing ID cards and a long standing institutional
hostility towards young people is still prevalent
in Antrim Town. Fixing police CCTV cameras to focus
on nationalists' homes and Catholic schools with
the added measure of cutting down beautiful trees
in nationalist areas because unionists demand it,
isn't change - it is dominance of old by the old.
This dominance will remain because there is no change
and there is no challenge within the local council.
The average age of Antrim councillors is about 60.
All 19 elected representatives are male and this
has been the status quo for a long time in the Antrim
Borough Council. You can add your voice to the new
challenge to the past and old ways by including
Aine Gribbon in your voting selection. Vote for
a challenger who is in touch with the people - daily.
Aine Gribbon - The Peoples' Choice
Male Antrim Council - Unionist / Nationalist Bus
On many matters and affairs within the Council Chambers
where it would be obvious to any right thinking
member of the electorate that the simple solution
is best. Many of us will be disgusted at what masquerades
as leadership. Most if not all matters proceed in
series of egotism and inadequacy, sometimes called
protocol. This procedure is followed by further
complacency, incompetence and more often, indecisive
squalors on matters such as the cost of insurance
liability or a minor roof repair, with little if
any weight placed on the needs of the community.
Other factors discussed might include the location
of a community centre, bus shelter or a litter bin
surrounding council maintenance and community provision.
That can be rejected if the locating of a litter
bin is regarded too nationalist or too Unionist.
Such petty sectarian factors dominate discussion
after discussion before community needs are referred
to a behind closed doors "In confidence"
committee. After intense council business everyone
goes home and forgets what was discussed until the
community centre closes down or the bus shelter
is no longer needed and the school has closed.
Current Council Protocol failing EU peace money?
It comes as no surprise to the electorate, where
play parks are built, not only for but by the community
itself. That, any issue of mandatory Council funding
remains unsupportive at worse and begrudging at
best. Another recent people power and Rathenraw
cross community initiative endeavouring to bring
much needed employment into Antrim Town has already
secured about one million pounds worth of funding.
But the employment project currently sits in limbo
because of a questionable council decision concerning
the allocation of EU money that has denied what
most would understand as mandatory funding of 75,000
pounds. Instead the council opted to fund premises
for the Ulster Scots Society.
Your Town - Your Community - Your Money
I am determined to demystify the language of bureaucracy
and to further remove and expose the double speak
wall, that all elected representatives hide behind.
A wall that I will replace with plain speaking,
open and public consultation, freedom of the press,
freedom of expression, freedom of information and
serve as an accessible councilor living locally
who is totally committed to the Antrim community.
British Double Taxation of Irish Water - say No!
As part of a Community delegation Aine Gribbon organized
and arranged the first and only Antrim public meeting
held in Rathenraw concerning British imposed double
taxation on Irish water. All local representatives
were invited - none attended. I am urging the electorate
to say No to any new Water Charges, No to Metering
and No to Privatisation.
and accurate reporting and representation in Antrim
The reluctance of local leaders and members of the
local media to leave their offices is at best telephone
reporting and telephone representation based on
third party interpretation, slant and spin. This
"representation" is unacceptable. Members
of the local press must impartially and fully investigate
matters of public interest and must be held to account
when they don't. While many candidates will promise
to challenge smear and negative only reporting on
entire communities by the local Antrim Town media
in the run up to this election. None will place
this pledge on their manifesto - I have.
the unsaid, hearing the unheard, serving the disenfranchised
Vote Aine Gribbon