People right to protest over budget cuts

The accusation made by Aodhan O Riordain that the Anti-Budget protest by People Before Profit Alliance and others from the community in the North Inner City outside Cyprian Brady’s clinic intimidated constituents from consulting their local representative is ridiculous.

Speaking after the protest People Before Profit candidate in the North Inner City Colm Stephens said "If Cllr. O Riordain had bothered to turn up he would have seen that we actively encouraged people to go into the clinic and make their views known."

Public opinion ignored in ‘crazy’ baths plan in Dun Laoghaire

DUN Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is ignoring public opinion following the recent adoption of its original proposals for a coastal enhancement scheme as an objective of the county development plan.
In February 2008, the council announced two different concepts for the development of the East Pier to Sandycove Enhancement Scheme, which includes the Dún Laoghaire Baths site.
The proposals drawn up on behalf of the council by consultants estimated the cost of Concept A at €129m and Concept B at €92m. The local authority has since revealed that it spent over €200,000 paying the consultants to design the plans.

Bin collection fiasco continues as northside residents left with no collection again’ says Local...

Residents right across the North Side of Dublin who will have noticed a massive deterioration in the service for collection of recycling, both green bins and bags have been hit again as green bins collection was missed again this morning.

These problems have developed since the lucrative contract was awarded to Greyhound Recycling which took over from Oxigen at the beginning of the year. Numerous collections have been missed, green bags have not been delivered, incorrect collection dates have been posted on the website and collection calendars have not been distributed.


Support the Bus Workers! Stop the Bus Cuts!

In the past 2 days, Bus Workers at two depots at Clontarf and Harristown took unofficial action which led to the cancellation of 29 routes, in a row dispute over bus cuts.

This morning 27th April 2009, the 206 bus was cut completly as a service in Ballyfermot. This route services an area with an aging population which also houses a population of at least 60 elderly people in Rossaveal Court. People Before Profit in Ballyfermot started at the beginning of February to campaign to save the service.

Reverse this “most miserable cut back and return a bus service to the people...

This morning 27th April 2009, the 206 bus was cut completly as a service in Ballyfermot. This route services an area with an aging population which also houses a population of at least 60 elderly people in Rossaveal Court. People Before Profit in Ballyfermot started at the beginning of February to campaign to save the service. We secured the support of thousands of local people who signed petitions. We held a very significant public meeting, supported by all the local councillors. We lobbied the local Fianna Fail TD and organised roadside protests in Ballyfermot. We also had the support of pensioners committees and the local bus committtee.


People Before Profit Candidate for Tralee Town Council

CANDIDATE PROFILE: SEÁN MORAGHAN (Tralee) People Before Profit Alliance

Seán Moraghan (People Before Profit Alliance) is a shop-worker and bookseller in Tralee. He is 45 years old.

He is standing for election to Tralee Town Council.

Seán has been a council worker, tour guide, mussel-boat farmer, writer and political activist.
Seán has been involved in the local anti-parking charges campaign, protests for a better health service, opposition to education cuts, Tralee Anti-War Group, Shell to Sea, and campaigns against the G8 in support of fairer trade, and human rights activism.
He is a member of the Mandate trade union.


Closure of St Brigid’s Ward in Loughlinstown Hospital completely unacceptable

The People Before Profit Alliance learnt yesterday of plans to close St. Brigid’s Ward in Loughlinstown Hospital. This move by the HSE is a direct result of cuts in the department of health stemming from last October’s Budget.

St Brigid’s Ward is a general ward in the hospital and its closure will mean the loss of at least 18 beds.

Hugh Lewis, People Before Profit Alliance (PBPA) Representative in the Ballybrack ward, says: “This closure is completely unacceptable. It is an utter disgrace that our health service, which is already in a shambles, is being forced to make further cuts. In an economic crisis a decent public health service is needed more than ever. The money that is being used to bail out the banks should instead be used to fund vital services, in particular, the health service. Once again it is the most vulnerable in society that have to shoulder the burden of our economic crisis. PBPA will immediately be organising meetings to discuss how we can stop this closure.”

Hugh Lewis, PBPA, Ballybrack

The recent budget included an increase in the health levy that all PAYE workers already pay. This increase is grossly unfair because it once again forces ordinary people to make up the shortfall in public finances. It also now seems that an extra health levy is going to make no difference to cuts in the health service.


Budget cutbacks will see loss of front-line nursing staff

Colm Stephens, People Before Profit Alliance Local Election Candidate in the North Inner City has learnt that front line staff including nurses are likely to lose their jobs in the Mater Hospital. Unions representing staff in the Hospital are in negotiations with management and are trying to make sure that the affect will be a small as possible. “I have heard from nurses that contract staff who are approaching the end of their contracts have most to fear. They are not being told if they will be kept on or not. This means that nurses from overseas cannot renew their visas and are living with a double uncertainty – in a few weeks they might not have a job and might be forced to leave the country.”


Sunday Times Rich List Shows No Recession for the Rich

People Before Profit Alliance Calls For Immediate Action to Curb Tax Avoidance by the Rich
Alternative Economic Agenda to Be Launched At Major Rally

The People Before Profit Alliance today called for immediate action to ensure that Ireland’s super rich make a serious contribution to bailing the country out.
The Alliance spokesperson Richard Boyd Barrett said:  “The Rich List shows there is no recession for Ireland’s wealthy elite. The wealthiest top ten share €17 billion between them. Half of these, including Denis O Brien, Tony O Reilly and Dermot Desmond are tax exiles. While the rest of us are being hammered by levies, extra taxes and cuts in basic services these people are living it up. The government must immediately close off all tax loopholes so that these people pay their share”.

At a major rally on Tuesday the Alliance will launch An Alternative Economic Agenda.
The Alternative will offer a radical alternative to the failed policies which have  created the recession. 

Three months wait for Dublin 12 and D6W Social Welfare Payments a disgrace

Addressing over 100 supporters at the People Before Profit Alliance Local Election Rally  in the Iveagh Grounds on Friday 3rd April Pat Dunne described the three months wait for the processing of  Job Seekers Benefit (dole) a disgrace.”

If you live in either Dublin 12 or D6W and find yourself unemployed or on short time working you will have to endure a wait of over three months to have your claim processed” said Pat Dunne, People Before Profit Alliance.
Pat Dunne revealed details of correspondence he received from the Manager of the SWLO Bishop's Square who stated “unfortunately due to the overwhelming numbers of new claims for Jobseeker's Benefit there is currently a backlog at this office. Your claim will be processed and you will receive notification in due course” In follow up conversations with officials they confirmed to Pat that claims lodged back as far as mid January were still not processed.