Archive for November, 2012


United Left Alliance proposes abolition of USC for those earning less than 40,000, end to home-taxes and reversal of cuts in health, education and social welfareula

At a press conference today, the ULA proposed a socialist alternative to the budget proposals of the government and the other parties in the Dáil. The ULA pre-budget statement says that those who are responsible for the crisis should pay for it, not those who are the social and economic victims – the ordinary working people of Ireland.

The ULA proposes to take the burden of the crisis off working people, improve their lives and revive the Irish economy. This can only be done by taking the decision-making of the banks and finance houses out of the hands of management whose only goal is profit; and embarking on a major public investment program. If the current investment rate of 10% of GDP (EU average is 18.5%) continues, Ireland will become an economic backwater with impoverishment for generations and run down public services. Only a reversal of current policies can stop that.

The ULA proposes to repudiate all debt deriving from the financial crash that started in 2008 and raise additional revenue from increases of income tax on the richest in society; to introduce a wealth tax and a financial transaction tax; and to impose a minimum effective rate of 12.5% corporation tax, with a nominal rate of 15%. Continue reading

People Before Profit and Sinn Fein TD’s to challenge Minister Rabbitte in Dail today on Providence licence.

Today at Minister’s Question time, Joan Collins TD (People Before Profit/ULA) and Michael Colreavy (Sinn Fein) questioned Minister Rabbitte about Providence Resource’s Exploration Licence to drill in Dublin Bay.

This follows on from last week’s successful demonstration outside the Dail by campaigners against the rig and a briefing for TD’s and Senators organised by Richard Boyd Barrett TD last Tuesday.

A number of TD’s from around the country have now indicated their support for the campaign and the campaign is proceeding with plans to organise meetings around Dublin Bay.

People Before Profit/ULA call on Minister Rabbitte to hold a public inquiry and carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment before Providence proceeds with a site survey and drilling in order to comply fully with the Aarhus convention.

Providence Resources Plc were granted a standard exploration licence in 2011 to explore for oil just 6kms from the Dublin/Wicklow coast – no specific Public Consultation accompanied this licence grant.

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Around 1,500 people took part in a protest in support of the motion proposed by Clare Daly TD and the United Left Alliance  outside the Dail during the debate inside. Speakers at the rally included: Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Joe Higgins TD and Sinead Kennedy (Choice Network)

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Support the Bill Tabled by Clare Daly TD, (United Left Alliance)

6pm Wed 28th Nov, Dail Eireann, Kildare St

Up to 20,000 people took part in an anti austerity protest in Dublin today. The protest was organised by the Dublin Council of Trade Unions and community organisations and the Campaign Against the House hold and Water Charges. the crowds marched from Parnell Square, up O’Connell St and D’olier St and finished outside the GPO.

Speaking at the protest Richard Boyd Barrett TD said: “Today’s demonstration must only be the start of an escalating campaign of resistance against the plans of the government and the Troika to heap further disastrous austerity onto the backs of ordinary people in this country. One-off demonstrations are not enough to stop the juggernaut of austerity. We must signal today our determination to step-up protests across the country and begin to prepare for a nation-wide general strike in the spring, if the government and the Troika do not not stop with these cruel and senseless policies of austerity.”

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“It is abundantly clear, that half of the population if not more, simply cannot take anymore. The fabric of our society and our economy is being ripped apart. This madness has to stop. We must cease immediately the insane policy of prioritising the interests of banks and markets over the needs of ordinary citizens. We must demand that jobs and the protection of the vulnerable in our society become the first priority, if we are to have any chance of averting a long-term economic depression. This can only be done through a coordinated mass movement of workers and citizens making it impossible for the government to implement further austerity.”

“Today’s protest must also send out a clear call to unite the different sectors of Irish society that are under attack to unite into one big national movement against the policies of austerity and back bail-outs. The government are trying to pick groups off, one by one, and keep the opposition to their policies fragmented. In response, we need to call for unity and solidarity between workers, pensioners, students, the unemployed, the disabled and every other sector that is under the hammer.”

“We will be insisting from the platform and at the mass assembly that will directly follow the march that a decision is taken today for further action. A grand old duke of york march up the hill and down the hill simply will not do. Today’s demonstration must set out the next step in the campaign to stop this austerity madness in its tracks.”

Further protests are planned for Budget Day. Check back here for more details.

Government cannot be allowed to rip society apart and destroy economy with further austerity

In a statement in advance of today’s national pre-budget demonstration against cuts and austerity, Richard Boyd Barrett TD for People Before Profit/ULA called for today’s demonstration to be the first in a series of escalating protests against further austerity.

Today’s protest, assembling at 1pm in Parnell Sq, Dublin, organised by the Campaign Against Household and Water Charges, the Dublin Council of Trade Unions and the Community Sector and supported by the ICTU, SIPTU and other trade unions “must be the beginning of a sustained national campaign of resistance against the failed policy of austerity and bank bail-outs,” Deputy Boyd Barrett said.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said:  “Today’s demonstration must only be the start of an escalating campaign of resistance against the plans of the government and the Troika to heap further disastrous austerity onto the backs of ordinary people in this country. One-off demonstrations are not enough to stop the juggernaut of austerity. We must signal today our determination to step-up protests across the country and begin to prepare for a nation-wide general strike in the spring, if the government and the Troika do not not stop with these cruel and senseless policies of austerity.”

“It is abundantly clear, that half of the population if not more, simply cannot take anymore. The fabric of our society and our economy is being ripped apart. This madness has to stop. We must cease immediately the insane policy of prioritising the interests of banks and markets over the needs of ordinary citizens. We must demand that jobs and the protection of the vulnerable in our society become the first priority, if we are to have any chance of averting a long-term economic depression. This can only be done through a coordinated mass movement of workers and citizens making it impossible for the government to implement further austerity.”

“Today’s protest must also send out a clear call to unite the different sectors of Irish society that are under attack to unite into one big national movement against the policies of austerity and back bail-outs. The government are trying to pick groups off, one by one, and keep the opposition to their policies fragmented. In response, we need to call for unity and solidarity between workers, pensioners, students, the unemployed, the disabled and every other sector that is under the hammer.”

“We will be insisting from the platform and at the mass assembly that will directly follow the march that a decision is taken today for further action. A grand old duke of york march up the hill and down the hill simply will not do. Today’s demonstration must set out the next step in the campaign to stop this austerity madness in its tracks.”

During Leaders Questions, on Wednesday 21st November, Richard Boyd Barrett challenged Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the Government’s record on human rights with respect to the case of Savita Halappanavar, the right to choice, the rights of special needs children and the disabled, whose services are being cut and the rights of people of Gaza currently under brutal attack by israel. All of this in the context of Ireland’s recent election to the UN Human Rights Council.

 

Last night thousands gathered outside the gates of Leinster House and poured out onto Kildare Street and Molesworth St. The protest was called by the Irish Choice Network and was chaired by Dr Sinead Kennedy of the Network.  The crowd heard from a variety of speakers including Clare Daly TD, United Left Alliance,  Tania Kaur, a member of the Indian community in Ireland and a number of women, who spoke of their experiences in Ireland.

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Next Wednesday night will see United Left Alliance’s Clare Daly put a motion before the Dail and there is a protest from 6pm, Wed November 28th outside Dail Eireann to coincide with the debate.

Up to 5,000 people, mainly the disabled and carers, marched in a very lively and angry protest organised by the Disability Rights Alliance and supported by the Alliance Against Cuts in Education to the dates of Dail Eireann yesterday.

The Programme for Government published in March 2011 contained many keys promises to people with disabilities, including “tackling Ireland’s economic crisis in a way that is fair, balanced, and which recognises the need for social solidarity”.

But cuts affecting people with disabilities and their families continue to build up, and people are feeling increasingly isolated and abandoned by this Government.

The protest made it’s way from the Central Bank in Dublin and marched up to Molesworth Street where the gardai had blocked off access to the Dail itself. The crowd made their way around the garda barrier and up to the gates of the Dail itself shouting “No cuts!” and ” We want rights not charity!”