The newly formed United Left Alliance (ULA) which involves the People Before Profit Alliance, the Socialist Party & the South Tipperary Workers and Unemployed Action Group, is opposed to the governments’ bailouts and the slash and burn policies which are only making the crisis worse. In the general election we aim to provide a real alternative to the establishment parties as well as Labour and Sinn Fein, who also accept the capitalist market and refuse to rule out coalition with right wing parties. The approach of a Fine Gael / Labour government in power would not be fundamentally different than this government.
The ULA will be standing candidates throughout the country and we are inviting all people, campaigns and groups that want to fight for real change and who agree with our demands to become part of the Alliance.
1. Rejects so-called solutions to the economic crises based on slashing public expenditure, welfare payments and workers' pay. There can be no just or sustainable solution to the crisis based on the capitalist market. Instead we favour democratic and public control over resources so that social need is prioritised over profit.
People Before Profit Alliance Candidate for Dublin South Central Cllr Joan Collins released the following statement calling for support in tomorrow’s protest outside the Dept of Finance @12.30 on Merrion Square.
It appears that the government is lumbering towards a collapse – whether before the new year or in mid to late January. They should go and go now.
They are squatters in Dail Eireann, they squandered the Celtic tiger, cut taxes for the rich and neglected the health service and education. They have lied and cheated their way to keep their grimy hands on the mercs and perks they cherish so much.
Working class people across the country are dying for the chance to throw them out. We’ve been waiting too long.. We need to tell them that they are a poison at the head of the country. Their plans to appease the IMF and the European Central bank will devastate the incomes of ordinary people across the country and will slash the social supports that are desperately needed when thousands are falling out of work.
A FAIR AND JUST SOLUTION TO IRELAND’S CRISIS STILL POSSIBLE BUT MASS PROTESTS NEEDED URGENTLY
In a statement, the People Before Profit Alliance (PBPA) has said that the arrival today of IMF/EU officials and imminent intervention of these bodies into the running of the Irish economy, would make a bad situation worse and accelerate Ireland further down a disastrous path of neo-liberal ‘shock therapy.’
PBPA said that the ‘free’ market economic doctrines championed by the IMF/EU were precisely those that had been pursued by the Irish government over the last ten years and were the same as those that had wrecked the international economy.
PBPA said that more intense doses of the same doctrine would cause intense suffering for ordinary Irish people and further undermine the possibility of genuine economic recovery.
PBPA said the Irish government had sacrificed Irish democracy and economic well-being on an altar of ‘free’ market profit and greed.
PBPA said there was now an urgent need to mobilise Irish civil society onto the streets to drive the government out of office and stand up to the ‘vultures and bullies’ of the IMF and EU.
FEES WILL HURT WORKING FAMILIES NOT THE SUPER-RICH
In a statement the People Before Profit Alliance (PBPA) has said it will participate in today’s national student demonstration against government plans to re-introduce student fees.
PBPA rejected as “cynical; and “dishonest” government propaganda on the issue of fees and said that proposals to double third level registration fees or at some point to fully re-introduce student tuition fees will hurt working families not the super-rich.
PBPA said that the way to deal with unjustifiable subsidies to the super-wealthy was to dramatically increase income tax for those earning in excess of €100,000 and impose other wealth taxes, rather than introduce fees which would only hurt working families whose incomes were marginally over the thresholds to qualify for third level grants.
PBPA said education was a right not a privilige and that students were showing the way in taking to the streets against the government's unjust and suicidal economic policies.
Cllr Richard Boyd Barrett of the People Before Profit Alliance said: “Today’s protest is a vitally important. If the government gets away with doubling the registration fees or fully reintroducing tuition fees, it will once again be hard-working families that will pay the price not the super-wealthy as they falsely claim.
WHATS THE POLITICAL ALTERNATIVE TO THE CUTS?
Speaker: Eamonn McCann, Author and Journalist
Date: Wed 3rd Nov. 7.30pm
Venue: Culturlann, Falls Road Belfast.
The Con-Dem Comprehensive Spending Review of 20th October declared the worst attack on public services and the welfare state since its establishment.
The Tories are gearing up for class war – they want to make working people pay for the crisis caused by their rich friends in banking.
Further restrictions on housing benefit for under- 35s, coupled with those already contained in the June budget, will mean even more people faced with homelessness.
LAST SATURDAY PROTEST SUCCESSFULLY ‘KIDNAPS’ 46A AND BRINGS IT BACK THROUGH FARM
Residents of the Monkstown Farm and Stradbrook areas will assemble outside Dun Laoghaire Co. Council this evening (Mon Nov 1st) at 4.50pm to protest at the removal of the 46a bus from the Monkstown Farm area and other cuts to the 4a and 746 bus services.
Dublin Bus representatives will attend the Council’s transport area committee tonight to discuss local bus services and the new city-wide Dublin Bus network review, which will see 90 buses removed from the city fleet leading to cut backs in a wide range of areas across the city.
Dublin Bus’s attendance at tonight’s meeting follows the recent passing of a motion proposed by Cllr Richard Boyd Barrett (People Before Profit Alliance) condemning the cuts and calling for Dublin Bus to be brought before the Council.
Tonight’s protest is the latest of a series of protests in an on-going campaign by local residents aimed at forcing Dublin Bus to restore the 46a to Monkstown Farm and reverse the cuts to the 4a and 746 services.
Lat Saturday (Oct 30th), more than 100 residents – many of them elderly – surrounded two 46a’s at Kill O the Grange, preventing them following the new 46a route and escorting them for 2km along their traditional route through Monkstown Farm.
These Saturday protests are set to continue over the coming weeks. The campaign has now also collected almost 2000 signatures on a petition calling for the reversal of the cuts to local bus services.
Press Release - October 5th
In a statement, Cllr Richard Boyd Barrett, chairperson of the Save our Seafront group (SOS) has expressed relief that Dun Laoghaire –Rathdown Co. Council has finally put proposals for the redevelopment of Dun Laoghaire Baths before Councillors.
The proposals were put before Councillors at a briefing meeting in the Council offices earlier this week (Oct 4th) , and included drawings and a minature model.
The unveiling of the proposals follows protests organised by SOS over recent weeks at the failure of the Council to progress the redeveopment of the baths.
The new proposals envisage a fully public amenity with a swimming pool, cafe, public viewing area and a walkway around the Baths joining Newtownsmith and the East pier. The proposals put also retain the existing main baths pavillion and do not reach over the existing height of the baths building.
Cllr Boyd Barrett said that the new plans represent a 180 - degree turn from previous schemes to build high-rise apartment blocks or reconstruct the entire seafront, and as such were a victory for the public and the Save Our Seafront campaign.
There are some areas for concern in the proposals – particularly in terms of the envisaged breakwater around the baths that will extend to the east pier and planned changes to the rear entrance to the People’s Park.
Cllr Boyd Barrett said, however, that the key was now to allow the public to have their say on the new proposals and that those public views should inform the final plan before work on the baths begins.
The proposals are due to go on public display in the next few weeks.
Cllr Boyd Barrett, chairperson of the Save Our Seafront group said: