Launched under lockdown, Ógra Aontú draws members under the age of 27 from across the island of Ireland, all devoted to advocating Aontú’s priorities of life, unity, and economic justice.
The membership includes a wide variety of skills and political backgrounds, from philosophy to nursing, Fianna Fail to Sinn Fein.
Ógra Aontú cathaoirleach Ben Conroy is a former student of philosophy and politics in Oxford University, where he was president of Oxford Student’s For Life.
He joined Aontú because he believes “in a politics of equality and human rights – and Aontú is the only party in the country pursuing that vision consistently, in a way that includes everyone. It’s as simple as that.”
Aontú was founded last year by TD Peadar Tóibín after he refused to toe the party line in Sinn Féin over abortion. Aontú has six elected representatives at local and national level.
In a statement online, a number of the Ógra Aontú members said they got involved having been impressed by the courage and integrity of Peadar Tóibín.
“By leaving another political party over a matter of conscience, leader Peadar Tóibín showed that he wasn’t afraid to risk his political future for the values he believes in,” said Orla, a member from the North West of Ireland.
Ógra Aontú has been vocal on a number of issues since their founding, including child slavery, abortion, faith and the neglect of rural Ireland.
The short-term aim of the movement is to establish regional and college cumanns around the island of Ireland.