Speaking on his motion regarding income and living conditions, Richard Boyd Barrett says that deprivation and poverty worsened under this government.
Archive for February, 2015
Boyd Barrett speaks on Children and Family Relationships Bill
Richard Boyd Barrett on the impact of austerity
In the Dail today (Tues, 24th February 2015) Richard Boyd Barrett TD, People Before Profit Alliance in questions to Minister James Reilly, accused the Government failing to provide adequate care for young people with mental health issues.
Poor are getting poorer and rich are getting richer under current government – this is why public protest is escalating, says People Before profit TD
Richard Boyd Barrett TD, People Before Profit Alliance will table a motion in Dail Eireann this evening on reducing poverty and inequality. The motion can be read here: PMB Deprivation Feb 2015
At a press conference today, People Before Profit TD and member of the steering group of the Right2 Water campaign announced details of a motion which be debated in the Dail this week, which calls for the abolition of water and property charges and other regressive taxes and cuts to deal with rising poverty and deprivation.
Deputy Boyd Barrett was joined at the press conference by John Douglas (General Secretary of Mandate), Louise Bayliss (Spark), & Ruth Coppinger TD, (Socialist Party).
The motion is co-signed by: Clare Daly, Paul Murphy, Ruth Coppinger, Joan Collins, John Halligan, Mick Wallace, Maureen O Sullivan, Tom Fleming & Thomas Pringle.
The Dail motion authored by Deputy Boyd Barrett catalogues the dramatic rise of poverty and deprivation across a number of groups in Irish society, including, lone-parents, children, the elderly, low-paid workers and other vulnerable groups, and outlines how this situation has worsened under the Fine Gael/Labour government.
The motion further outlines how the recent increases in poverty, deprivation and homelessness for a huge cohort of citizens have taken place at the same time that that household wealth and corporate profits in the country as a whole have increased, but that this increased wealth remains concentrated in the hands of the very wealthiest in Irish society.
The motion calls for the abolition or reversal of recent budgetary measures that have been regressive and contributed to growing poverty and inequality, calling on the government to replace these measures with taxes focused on the top income earners, wealth and profits.
Specifically, the motion calls for: the abolition of water charges, property taxes and the USC for those earning less than the average industrial wage. It further calls for the reversal of cuts affecting lone parents, cuts in child benefit, cuts in Job Seekers Allowance for those under 26, the household benefits package, fuel and telephone allowance, rent allowance, respite care grant and prescription charges. It also calls for an emergency programme of council house construction.
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A failed and cruel austerity agenda north and south of the border
PBPA TD says the left must take unprecdented opportunity to re-draw Ireland’s political map in a progressive direction
In a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, for the People Before Profit Alliance has welcomed the call by the five trade unions affiliated to the Right 2 Water campaign for a progressive pre-election platform, saying it was “an urgently needed opportunity to establish a united and credible alternative to the failed policies of austerity.”
Deputy Boyd Barrett, a member of the steering group of the Right 2 water campaign and, along with some of the trade union affiliates, one the instigators of the campaign said, “left and progressive forces in Ireland have an unprecedented opportunity to redraw the Irish political map in a progressive direction and create a genuine political alternative for ordinary Irish people.”
Richard Boyd Barrett said: “The Right 2 Water campaign, and before it, the successful coalition that defeated the plan to sell the harvesting rights of Coilte, have shown how effective the left can be when they come together. We urgently need to translate that formula of unity and people power into a wider platform that offers a comprehensive alternative to the failed policies of austerity.
People Before Profit have consistently argued over the last number of years that the different elements of the left, progressive civil society groups and grass-roots campaigns, should come together around a common platform. We are very proud of the role we have played in helping to initiate both of these campaigns and in actively seeking to work with others on the left and in the unions around common goals and policies.