Public Meeting: Putting People Before Profit- Building The New Left

Putting PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT Building the New Left Wednesday July 1, 7.30pm Wynns Hotel, Abbey Street, Dublin      Speakers:  People Before Profit Councillors Cllr Richard Boyd Barrett Cllr Joan Collins Cllr Brid Smith Cllr Gino Kenny Cllr Hugh Lewis All welcome www.peoplebeforeprofit.ie For further information...

Lisbon Treaty is unchanged and must be rejected

People Before Profit will be launching a vigorous campaign for a NO Vote
 
The People Before Profit Alliance (PBPA) announced today that it will be launching a vigorous campaign against the Lisbon Treaty. It called on the electorate to reject the so-called guarantees given to the government.
Watch Cllr Joan Collins speaking to RTE News about the Campaign- CLICK on image below to see the report:
 
PBPA Councillor Richard Boyd Barrett said “The people should not be fooled. This is exactly the same treaty that was rejected last year. Nothing has changed. This Treaty will lead to the privatisation of public services and increased militarisation of the EU. Enshrined in this Treaty are the failed neo-liberal policies which have caused the recent economic crisis. This is a Treaty for big business.

The so-called guarantees will not enhance workers rights. The pro-business decisions of the European Court will not be reversed. The demands of the Europeans Trade Union Confederation for a social progress clause have been ignored.”

Cllr Brid Smith Condems Closure of Respite Care unit at Cherryorchard Hospital

Cllr Brid Smith Condems Closure of Respite Care unit at Cherryorchard Hospital

Public Meeting Will Launch Campaign To Save Respite Service

Carers and their loved ones who receive roll-over respite care in Cherryorchard Hospital have been informed by the HSE that the newly refurbished Beech Unit at Cherryorchard Hospital is to close indefintely.

The management at the hospital have told Councillor Brid Smith that the closure of the Beech is due to staff shortages for the Summer months. However, they could not give any guarantees as to when it will reopen.
Nurses who are taking annual leave and maternity leave are not being replaced. The HSE embargo on recruitment is once again seriously hurting patients receiving respite care and their families.

Last year the carers campaigned strongly with Brid Smith to stop the permanent closure of respite care services in Cherryorchard Hospital. They collected thousands of signatures, lobblied politicans and held two very large demonstrations through Ballyfermot up to the Hospital. The respite care services were sucessfully re-instated at that time. Following that campaign the Beech unit at the hospital was renovated and extended. This new and beautiful facility will now lie empty due to cuts.

Cllr Brid Smith challenges the cosy FG-Labour pact in City Council

Once again people in Dublin have voted for change on their City Council. In 2004 Labour was voted in as the largest group, ending Fianna Fail’s domination of the council. Instead of change, the...

Cllr Joan Collins challenges Labour-FG merry-go-round

Once again people in Dublin have voted for change on their City Council. In 2004 Labour was voted in as the largest group, ending Fianna Fail’s domination of the council. Instead of change, the people were treated to a game of musical chairs, with Labour entering a deal to divvy up the Mayorship and committee chairs with Fine Gael, and the sole Green and PD Councillors. When that deal broke down, Labour concluded an arrangement with Fianna Fail. The merry go round now continues with Labour in a deal for the new council with Fine Gael.

Councillor Joan Collins (pictured above) said “We will play no part in this charade. We will be voting against the Labour/Fine Gael nominee for Mayor. Our job is to provide a voice for the anger of the people who elected us. Funding from central government has been cut by 7% for this year. This will mean cuts in much needed services. It will mean increases in double taxation charges such as the bin tax. There will likely be an attempt to re-introduce a water tax in the course of this council term. There will of course be no cuts in junkets at the taxpayers’ expense. We will oppose these measures and provide real opposition to policies which inflict hardship on ordinary families.”

Statement on election of Lord Mayor by Dublin City Councillors

People Before Profit Councillors provide real opposition on Dublin City Council
Once again people in Dublin have voted for change on their City Council. In 2004 Labour was voted in as the largest group, ending Fianna Fail’s domination of the council. Instead of change, the people were treated to a game of musical chairs, with Labour entering a deal to divvy up the Mayorship and committee chairs with Fine Gael, and the sole Green and PD Councillors. When that deal broke down, Labour concluded an arrangement with Fianna Fail. The merry go round now continues with Labour in a deal for the new council with Fine Gael. (Please note: You can watch the video of the first Dublin City Council Meeting by clicking here or on link below)

People Before Profit Alliance Welcomes Election Of Joe Higgins

People Before Profit Alliance Welcomes Election Of Joe Higgins
Shift To The Left In Local Election Results Confirmed

Time For New Political Force To Offer A Real Alternative

The People Before Profit Alliance today welcomed the election of Joe Higgins to the European Parliament. Joe ran a fantastic campaign and has struck a blow against the political establishment. We extend heartfelt congratulations to Joe and the Socialist Party.

 

His election confirms the shift to the left in the local elections. Throughout the country people have voted for real change in Irish society.

People Before Profit Councillor Joan Collins said “Joe Higgins is a real fighter for workers and the unemployed. Like the People Before Profit councillors Joe is committed to offering a real alternative to the establishment parties. He is also committed to defending the No Vote to Lisbon. He will be a breath of fresh air in the European Parliament where he will stand up for the rights of ordinary people”.

Newly elected Councillor Richards Boyd Barrett said “The outcome of the election has seen a significant number of independents elected committed to building a new radical political force. The People Before Profit Alliance is committed to working with other liked minded individual and organisations to give political expression to those who want real change.

Shift To The Left In Local Election as Alliance Wins Five Council Seats

People Before Profit Alliance Welcomes Shift To The Left In Local Election Results

Alliance Wins Five Council Seats

Alliance Says Government Must Be Driven From Office

Time For New Political Force To Offer A Real Alternative
Cllr Brid Smith & Cllr Joan Collins celebrate thier election to Dublin City Council in the RDS
The People Before Profit Alliance today welcomed the outcome of the local elections. The results show a significant shift to the left. Throughout the country, in Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Cork, Tipperary, Sligo and Galway the people have voted for councillors who want to see real change in Irish society. The People Before Profit Alliance won five seats in its first local election campaign and now has more seats than the Greens. Elected were; Richard Boyd Barrett (Dun Laoighre), Joan Collins (Crumlin/Kimmage), Brid Smith (Ballyfermot/Drimnagh), Hugh Lewis (Ballybrack) & Gino Kenny (Clondalkin).
Above: Newly elected Ballybrack Cllr Hugh Lewis & Cllr Richard Boyd Barrett, Dun Laoghaire

People Before Profit Alliance win 5 Seats: Full list of results

In a local election which saw the left perform extremely well, the People Before Profit Alliance won 5 Local Election Seats.

In Dun Laoghaire, Richard Boyd Barrett topped the poll on the first count and took 22.8% of the vote.

The following candidates were elected.

Richard Boyd Barrett (Dun Laoghaire)

Hugh Lewis (Ballybrack)

Joan Collins (Crumlin)

Brid Smith (Ballyfermot)

Gino Kenny (Clondalkin)

Full results as follows:

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown :Dún Laoghaire :
BOYD BARRETT, Richard 4091 22.8% (Elected)

Ballyfermot-Drimnagh
SMITH, Bríd 2269 18.8% (Elected)

Crumlin-Kimmage
COLLINS, Joan 2512 17.4% (Elected)

Artane-Whitehall
O'SULLIVAN, Martin 391 2.4%

North Inner City :
STEPHENS, Colm 210 1.8%

Pembroke-Rathmines :
EVANS, Bryce 639 3.6%

South-West Inner City :
MacVEIGH, Tina 682 8.2%

Waterford City South :
FELL, Donie 308 5.2%

Tallaght Central :
DUNNE, Pat 1346 5.7%

Roscommon :
STEVENS, Tim 119 1.9%

Clondalkin:
KENNY, Gino 1137 7.3% (Elected)

Tralee :
Sean Moraghan (Tralee Town Council) 127 1st Pref 1.3% (beat 2 FF and tied with Green)


Dundalk:
Syd Smith
51 1.0%

Vote for real change on Friday

Elections 2009
People Before Profit Alliance says Vote for Real Change and Give the Government a Bloody Nose

Alliance Predicts Gains For Left Independents


Attacks On Joe Higgins Show The Establishment Is Running Scared

The People Before Profit Alliance today called on the public to vote for real change on Friday

Spokesperson Richard Boyd Barrett said “The response at the doorstep and recent poll results show there is a real desire fro change. People are angry with a government that has pumped billions into failed banks while services and wages are cut and dole queues get longer. On Friday the public should vote for candidates who offer a genuine alternative to the failed policies of the establishment parties. We are confident that the People Before Profit Alliance and other left independents will make gains. We are aiming to have more seats than the Greens who are now a spent force in Irish politics.