People Before Profit will be fighting in four election constituencies elections, North and South of the border.
- Shaun Harkin, a city councillor, will be contesting a Derry seat for Westminster.
- Gerry Carroll, an MLA in the Northern Assembly, will context the West Belfast seat for Westminster.
- Kellie Sweeny, a nurse and founder of Plastic Free Lucan, will contest the Dublin Mid West by-election.
- Cinnamon Blackmore, a campaigner on disabilty rights will contest the Wexford by-election.
These elections provide a big opportunity to strike a blow against political establishments who preside over massive inequality on this island and look after their rich friends.
In the South, one in three of their TDS are landlords and this helps to explain why they have let the housing crisis get out of hand. Rents have reached crazy level and many young people will never own their own home. If we don’t bring change, they will be stuck in a high rent trap forever. Thousands also languish on waiting list for years on end – because there are so few social houses.
The by elections give us an opportunity to strike back against this uncaring establishment.
The true colours of the FG-FF alliance were evident in the last budget. They used the excuse of Brexit and climate change to impose a carbon tax and refused to raise the minimum wage. But at the same time, they offered extra money to highly paid company executives. Under the Special Assignee Relief Programme, those who earn over €75,000 a year can see their taxes cut by 30%. These can even claim tax relief for sending their children to private schools.
In the North, the main parties all agreed to allow the Tories to attack on welfare recipients. They even agreed to cut the corporation tax on big business.
People Before Profit will be offering a radical alternative to build a socialist Ireland.
We want to make Apple pay us the €14 billion we are owed. Our aim is to fund proper public services to allow people escape from rip-off Ireland where we are fleeced for creche fees, car insurance, bus fares, hospital charges etc,etc
Elections provide a brilliant opportunity to present alternative policies that can guarantee housing and a decent standard of living for all.