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Mulitnational Corporation Tax regimes leading to greater wealth inequality

Richard Boyd Barrett TD, People Before Profit Alliance questions whether the Mulitnational Corporation Tax regime in Ireland is leading to greater wealth inequality-  to a greater divide between rich and poor during Dail Committee discussing the issue today (Tuesday 27th May).

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Speaking to Bryan Dobson on RTE’s Six-One News last night Richard Boyd Barrett TD, People Before Profit Alliance said that Election 2014 signals an end to civil war politics in Ireland with a significant swing to left parties and left independents.

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15 Councillors elected for People Before Profit Alliance across Ireland. Some more results to come in…

Cllr Brid Smith in Dublin Euro elections in Dublin polled 23,875 votes.


Cllr Gerry Carroll, Belfast City Council

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Gerry Carroll, Black Mountain Ward, West Belfast

Cllr Deirdre Wadding, Wexford County Council

Cllr Deirdre Wadding, Wexford County Council

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gcarrollToday saw a major breakthrough for People Before Profit in Northern Ireland. People Before Profit activist Gerry Carroll was elected as a People Before Profit Alliance councillor for Belfast City Council’s Black Mountain DEA. Carroll captured 1691 first preferences on the first count.

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His candidacy offers voters a welcome alternative to the politics of privatisation and austerity which have defined the current period. – See more at:

People Before Profit leader Richard Boyd Barrett to make last canvassing push in Dun Laoghaire today

pbplogo small copyPeople Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said he expects People Before Profit to make very significant gains in tomorrow’s local elections and seriously contest for Dublin European seat.

Speaking in Dublin this morning he said he believes People Before Profit could double or treble its representation in Dublin after tomorrow’s poll.

Richard Boyd Barrett will be making a last push in his Dun Laoghaire constituency this morning and this afternoon where People Before Profit confidently expect to increase their representation in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and will be canvassing with candidates – Cllr Melisa Halpin, Karl Gill, Lola Hynes, Cllr Hugh Lewis and Cillian Doyle-  in that area today.

Richard Boyd Barrett said, “We are getting an overwhelming response and there is no doubt we are going to make significant gains across Dublin. The Labour party is getting absolutely annihilated on the doors and there is no doubt but that People Before Profit will do very well”.

Richard will be canvassed this morning at Killiney Shopping Centre with Cllr Hugh Lewis and Cillian Doyle and at Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre  with Cllr Melisa Halpin and Karl Gill.

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In its last national press conference of the local elections campaign People Before Profit called on people to ‘kick out the political establishment’ of FG, FF and Labour.

Brid-Smith-2a-241x300Cllr Brid Smith, Dublin Euro and Ballyfermot candidate “The polls at the weekend confirm what has been obvious for weeks to those of us canvassing – people are determined to kick out the political establishment. The combined vote of FF, FG and Labour is now leass than 50%. They have lost their mandate to govern – its time they left office. Labour in particular deserve all they get – they betrayed people by promising to burn the bondholders, but rolled over for them instead. People Before Profit offers a clear alternative independent of all the political establishment.”

Sonya Stapleton, Dublin Pembroke-South Dock PBPA candidate “Housing is by far the biggest issue coming up on the doorsteps. People are in crisis. Many families are faced with the prospect of homelessness. The government and councils have deliberately stopped building social housing to drive house prices and rents up. People Before Profit will implement a policy of rent caps to make rents affordable. We will also start an emergency program of building social housing to deal with the crisis”.

may labour payJohn Flanagan, Rathfarnham PBPA candidate “As a mental health nurse who works with the homeless for the Dublin Simon community, and as a former manager of the Rough Sleeper Team for Dublin Simon I am acutely aware of the current homeless and housing crisis. The health service and our other social services have broken under the strain of austerity – so have many people as evidenced in the increase in suicides and mental illness. Meanwhile the Anglo bankers walk free. People Before Profit will cancel the bank debt and spend the money on our health service and other public services instead”.

Ruth Nolan, Lucan PBPA candidate “The resistance to water meters and water charges we’ve seen in west Dublin is a sign of things to come. The victory in Cork where Irish Water was forced to remove the meters shows the government can be beaten – water charges are not inevitable. People Before Profit will help build a movement of mass civil disobedience to stop the water charges. Water charges are not about water conservation, they’re about paying back the debts of bankers.”

kick outKarl Gill, Dun Laoghaire PBPA candidate “Young people are the ghosts of this election, 300,000 young people have emigrated in the last four years. Half of our 18 – 24 years olds have say they will consider emigrating. All FG and Labour can offer young people is forced labour schemes like Tús and Jobsbridge – unpaid work with no future. We refuse to stay invisible and will fight for our future”.

Brid Smith MEP Candidate Dublin Constituency for the People Before Profit Alliance on RTE Prime Time Euro Debate on Tuesday 20th May 2014.

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