Archive for April, 2012


In a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, for People Before Profit/United Left Alliance has said the debate raging for the last number of days about future ESM or other funding if the fiscal treaty is rejected was a complete “red herring”.

He said the entire debate was based on the false premise that the current EU-IMF deal or any future ESM arrangement represented a “bail-out” for Irish or European citizens when, in fact, such arrangements were purely bail-outs for the European banking and financial system.

According to Deputy Boyd Barrett, the EU and the IMF would, in reality, insist on funding the Irish state if it required such funding because the fate of the European banking and financial system depended on it.

He said the Fiscal treaty and the ESM were both mechanisms for imposing more austerity and cuts on working people and the less well-off in order to ensure the current and future repayment of the gambling debts of banks and international speculators.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said a No vote was a vote for prioritising job creation, public services and fairness ahead of bail-outs for banker and speculators.

Richard Boyd Barrett said: “The public have been led on a merry dance over the last week about the threat of funding being cut off if we reject the treaty. Apart from being blackmail, it is also utter nonsense – an entirely hollow threat.

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May Day 2012

Supporting Workers and Communities Resisting Austerity

Tuesday 1st May, 6.30pm

Assemble Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Organised by the Dublin Council of Trade Unions

Despite the terrible weather over 200 people turned out for the Save Our Seafront- Protect Dublin Bay – No Oil Rigs on Our Coast protest today in Dun Laoghaire.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD addresses the crowd

Well done to all who took part!

Cllr Melisa Halpin (People Before Profit) pictured above at the protest

Tony O Reilly’s Providence Resources wants to drill for oil in Dublin Bay just 6km off the coast of Dalkey Island. Providence have applied for a foreshore licence to the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, who will decide on this in the coming weeks or months.

If Providence gat a licence it will mean oil rigs in our bay for the next five or six years and if they do find oil or gas it will mean the full industrialisation of our bay for the coming decades.

Save Our Seafront is very concerned about this because:

1. The planned rig is to close to shore

2. Under the currencing licencing arrangements the Irish state does not stand to benefit one jot from any oil/gas find.

3. If there were an oil spill or a gas leak it would cause untold damage to our bay and could force the evacuationo of people along the coast.

4. Dublin Bay is home to many endangered species and there should be no oil exploration in special conservation areas.

(Photos: Nigel Hanlon & Greg Manahan)

Political shifts in a number of EU countries are a clear sign that resistance to austerity is intensifying

In a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett, People Before Profit TD and Finance spokesperson for the United Left Alliance, said that the political shifts taking place across Europe are an expression of resistance by ordinary people against fiscal austerity policies.

Every week, more and more economic indicators are revealing the Eurozone’s slide into deeper recession. The European Central bank today made its policy for Ireland clear – there will be no change to the terms of the Anglo promissory note which means ordinary people are expected to pay for banks’ debts.

Vote NO to Austerity Treaty

Today it was also announced that Britain has returned to recession and Britain is Ireland’s biggest trading partner. A further indication that economic growth is a long way off if austerity continues.

Politically a shift is taking place with resistance growing in many countries. In France and Holland the electorate is shifting its allegiances to tell mainstream parties that they’ve had enough of counter-productive austerity measures. The Czech Republic capital of Prague is seeing the largest protests since the Velvet Revolution.

François Hollande’s first round victory in France, along with that of Jean-Luc Melenchon of the Leftist Front which alone garnered 11% of the vote, is a clear sign that people are looking for serious change. Melenchon is the candidate who had vowed to challenge the austerity pact and introduce higher tax on the very wealthy. Similarly Francois Holland’s socialist party campaigned to reduce austerity measures and renegotiate the fiscal compact.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD said, “People in France have voted away from the mainstream parties in one way or another precisely because they are looking for an alternative to the cuts that have depleted their living standards.”

“The very high voter turn-out in France is another sign that people have had enough of politicians whose only answer to fiscal deficits is that of slashing incomes and imposing public sector cuts.”

“In the Netherlands, one of the Eurozone’s most credit worthy economies, the government collapsed again under pressure from below which rejected a harsh austerity budget. If the Dutch, who are so fiscally conservative are now rejecting austerity, then how on Earth is Ireland supposed to pass the harsh budgets that we have been promised?”

“Further to the East, Prague has seen the biggest popular protests in decades – again directed against spending cuts by the Czech government.”

“EU rules on fiscal governance should be designed to serve the people of Europe and not the other way around. I urge people to refuse to be bullied into voting for the strait-jacket austerity treaty. Resistance to austerity is intensifying all over Europe.”

Yesterday, April 24th, carers and parents of kids with special needs met at St. Stephens Green Shopping Centre and marched to the Dail on Kildare Street to demand an end to cuts to children with special needs and their Parents receving the Domiciliary care allowance and the carers allowance.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD addressed the crowd at the gates of Leinster House.

Protect Dublin Bay – No Oil Rigs on Our Coast. Protest this Sun 12 midday – Meet at Seafront Entrance to People’s Park Dun Laoghaire.

Tony O Reilly’s Providence Resources wants to drill for oil in Dublin Bay just 6km off the coast of Dalkey Island. Providence have applied for a foreshore licence to the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, who will decide on this in the coming weeks or months.

If Providence gat a licence it will mean oil rigs in our bay for the next five or six years and if they do find oil or gas it will mean the full industrialisation of our bay for the coming decades.

Save Our Seafront is very concerned about this because:

1. The planned rig is to close to shore

2. Under the currencing licencing arrangements the Irish state does not stand to benefit one jot from any oil/gas find.

3. If there were an oil spill or a gas leak it would cause untold damage to our bay and could force the evacuationo of people along the coast.

4. Dublin Bay is home to many endangered species and there should be no oil exploration in special conservation areas.

We need to keep our coast rig free. Please join our protest on Sunday and please share this.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD, United Left Alliance challenges Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore during Leaders Questions on 19th April 2012 over Democratic Left Water Charges Leaflet produced by Eamon Gilmore in Dun Laoghaire in 1994.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD, People Before Profit/United Left Alliance on RTE’s ‘The Week in Politics’ Sunday 22nd April 2012, debating the EU Austerity Treaty and Water Charges with Niall Collins TD (Fianna Fail) and Minister Leo Varadkar TD (Fine Gael).