Paul Lawless

  • 27-year-old school teacher from Knock, Paul Lawless has been selected as a candidate by Aontú to run in the Claremorris Local Electoral Area this May 24th.

    Aontú is the political party created by former Sinn Fein TD Peadar Toibin.  

    Paul teaches Maths and PE at Ballyhaunis Community School. After playing soccer for Mayo, Connaught and the Republic of Ireland at underage level, he achieved a professional contract with Derby County FC. This led to him attaining a scholarship to study a BE.d at UCC, and an M.B.A in the USA. He is currently doing a post graduate in Mathematics in his spare time. Paul plays Gaelic football for both Aughamore GAA club and the Mayo junior football team.

    Paul felt compelled to get involved in local politics to address what he describes as the regional development imbalance which is hurting Mayo.


  • Whatever the make-up of Mayo County Council following tomorrow's local elections, all elected councillors should make a united call on Government to approve a life-changing drug for children suffering from SMA - Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

    That's according to Paul Lawless, Aontú local election candidate in the Claremorris electoral area.

    Mr Lawless wants to see all local authority members putting pressure on Government to approve Spinraza for children across the country suffering from SMA -including two children in south Mayo......

  • Individual Farmers of Ireland protested yesterday and the day before in Dublin city centre over the price they are securing for their cattle and the government’s efforts to address what they term “a beef crisis”.

    However, the Dail is no longer in session, as the General Election campaign is underway

    Last night they caused extensive disruption to evening traffic in the city when they drove in convoy with their tractors along the N7 southbound.

    Mayo election candidate for Aontu Paul Lawless, who has supported the farmers in their protests, told Midwest News today that the farmers from across this region, and nationally, that took part in the city protest did so out of desperation.

  • A public meeting will take place at 8pm this evening (Tuesday) in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar to finalise details for the second Mayo cataract bus to Belfast this weekend.

    This is an initiative by Aontú general election candidate in Mayo Paul Lawless, who's arranging treatment for people at hospitals in the North who are on waiting lists for some time in this region.

    Patients are reimbursed for the cost of the procedure under the cross-border directive, supported by the HSE.


  • Amid speculation of an early general election, Aontú has selected Paul Lawless as they party's candidate in Mayo for the next election.

    Aontú Mayo held its selection convention last night in Castlebar, where Knock native Paul Lawless was nominated unanimously.

    Mr Lawless, a teacher at Ballyhaunis Community School, contested the local elections earlier this year, but was unsuccessful in getting elected to Mayo County Council.

    Mr Lawless says he's contesting the general election he feels there's a need to provide a voice for rural Ireland.