Archive for August, 2015

Today, August 29th, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Dublin, to voice their anger over the imposition of the water charge by the Fine Gael/Labour Government. Below are a selection of images from the day.

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poster conferenceA Radical Alternative Vision for Ireland – don’t miss People Before Profit’s 3 day conference 18th, 19th & 20th September – This is an opportunity to contribute your ideas for an alternative Ireland.

Meetings on: Greece, Spain, Ireland- Debt, austerity and resistance;
Pro-Choice – why we are for a woman’s right to choose;
An alternative economic agenda – for people not profit;
The battle against the water charges- where now?
Building a New Left.

Speakers include: Clare Daly, Paul Murphy, Richard Boyd
Barrett, Brid Smith, Ailbhe Smyth, Kieran Allen.
PLUS: workshops and much more.

Privatisation, increasing taxes and charges, homelessness and the return of mass emigration – the legacy of the last eight years of neoliberal austerity. Is this the Ireland that the revolutionary generation fought for?

We need an alternative to the political establishment. Fianna Fail,
Fine Gael and Labour are all addicted to austerity, and will continue to be so if they are returned to power in the next general election.

But as the Greek experience has shown us, it is not just a matter of electing an alternative government, however positive that may be. A strategy of ‘people power’ will be essential to bring real change – a society that will cherish all equally, that will put people before profit.

The massive ‘Yes’ vote in the Equality referendum, and the continuing boycott and protests against water charges, demonstrate the huge appetite for a diff erent type of politics.
This is an opportunity to contribute your ideas for an alternative
Join the debate.

€10 waged/ €5 unwaged
Creche: If you will need creche facilities, please contact us in advance.
Accomodation will be available with PBP supporters. Bring your
sleeping bag.
There will be a bookstall with a wide range of titles for the weekend.
Phone: +353 872839964

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People Before Profit TD, councillors and members across Ireland today expressed shock and sadness at the loss of Sligo Councillor Seamus O’Boyle
pbplogo75People Before Profit in Sligo today issued a statement which said, “Seamie O’ Boyle was a working class hero. His life was a testament to everything good in the human spirit. Seamie had it hard growing up. He was born an orphan in the 1950’s and spent many nights on the streets. For some people this start in life would understandably have been too much, but Seamie came to a political conclusion – life is not fair but it can be changed with courage, honesty and human decency. Seamie had all of these qualities in bucket loads. He spent his life building a family, solidifying friendships and fighting for the working class.

People Before Profit met Seamie six years ago in the middle of the economic crisis. From the start, Seamie knew two things instinctively. Working people didn’t cause the crisis, but they would be forced to pay for it without a fight back. Seamie spent his last years building this fight back. He joined the Sligo Workers Alliance in 2009 and People Before Profit in 2013. We took this as a genuine badge of honour. Whether it was a campaign for home help workers, a fight for marriage equality or a campaign against water charges, Seamie was always in the thick of it. His politics were simple and progressive – for people power, democracy and social justice against discrimination, inequality and scapegoating.

safe_image.phpSeamie was incredibly proud to have been elected and he threw himself into his council work with gusto. This is only one small part of Seamie’s legacy. He leaves a loving family, lifelong friends and a reputation for decency that will live on in his community. We salute a fallen friend and comrade. The fight goes on for a fairer Ireland”.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD said, “All of us in People Before Profit are absolutely shocked at this tragic loss. Seamie was a fantastic community and public representative who worked hard campaigning against austerity including most recently, fighting water charges with the Right2Water Campaign. I send my deepest sympathies to his family”.