Archive for January, 2016

People Before Profit holding a protest against youth discrimination tomorrow at 1pm at the Department of Social Protection (Store Street)

People Before Profit will be holding a protest against discrimination to people under 25 years of age at the Department of Social Protection on Store Street tomorrow (27 January) at 1pm.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD and Adrienne Wallace (People Before Profit candidate for Carlow-Kilkenny in general election 2016) will be speaking at the protest. Currently if you are a recipient of social welfare in Ireland and under 25 years of age, you automatically get a reduced payment simply based on your age. This is discrimination.

For Real Equality and Solidarity

launchJoin us for Richard Boyd Barrett’s Campaign launch for General Election 2016 this Saturday in Dun Laoghaire. Facebook Event HERE

With Ailbhe Smyth, Chairperson of People Before Profit , Marriage Equality Campaign and Repeal 8th Coalition and Kieran Allen, Sociologist and authour of 1916: Ireland’s Revolutionary Tradition.

With the general election just weeks away Richard’s campaign for a seat in the next Dail will be launched in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday. Having a radical opposition in the Dail has had a real impact on debates. legislation and bringing the voice of people onto the platform that is Dail Eireann.
We hope to have a large and lively campaign team moving throught the constituency over the next few weeks to hear people’s concerns and spread the message of people power.

If you would like to help out in the campaign or just show your support please come along on Saturday.

A new type of politics, based on people power

common principles

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Real recovery for 99% means challenging rule of 1% – Apple should pay back taxes, establish minimum effective corporation tax rate of 12.5%, introduce Millionaire’s Tax and establish debt audit commission

Public investment to develop quality services & infrastructure, strategic enterprise and create decent jobs

Scrap austerity taxes and reverse austerity cuts

Fight for equality – repeal the 8th amendment, end discrimination by schools, separate church and state

The Anti-Austerity Alliance–People Before Profit left bloc launched ‘Common Principles: Radical Alternatives & Real Equality’ today. It outlines a different vision for politics in Ireland, based on mobilising people power, as seen in the movement against the water charges. By harnessing this power, fundamental change can be won.

rbb coppinger smith murphyKey issues highlighted are the need to abolish austerity taxes, reverse austerity cuts and invest in housing, jobs, education and health. There are considerable wealth and resources in our society that could be re-distributed to provide a real recovery for  the majority – through seeking the back taxes owed by Apple, imposing a minimum effective rate of corporation tax of 12.5% and taxing the super-rich.

Alongside the anti-water charges movement, the last year has seen a tremendous movement for marriage equality. The demand for equality is one held by a majority of the population, yet real change is held back by the conservative political parties. The AAA-PBP stands unapologetically for a separation of church and state and an end to the discrimination against women, LGBTQ people and immigrants. It calls for an immediate repeal of the 8th amendment ban on abortion and legislation for the right to choose. It also calls for an end to right of schools to discriminate against children because of their religion.

Councillor Brid Smith, AAA-PBP candidate in Dublin South Central commented: “The coming general election represents an historic opportunity replace a discredited political establishment that has brought us years of cronyism, corruption, economic crisis and cruel austerity. These leopards have not changed their spots and after all their previous broken promises, the pre-election pledges of Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fail are not worth the paper they are written on. Indeed, it tells you everything you need to know about this government that Labour’s main selling point is that you can’t trust Fine Gael. If Labour don’t trust Fine Gael, why on earth should we? And we certainly can’t trust Labour, who abandoned every principle they ever held. People Before Profit and the Anti-Austerity Alliance represent a different type of politics based on people power to bring real and radical change to Irish society. We have shown through our involvement central involvement in the water charges movement and other movements of people power over recent years that real change comes clear principles and a commitment to work with ordinary people to achieve them. In this election we have a choice: go back to the cronyism and failed politics of the past or go forward to a new kind of Ireland based on equality, solidarity and social justice. ”

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People Before Profit TD urges public to join national day of protests against water charges and unjust austerity tomorrow
Richard Boyd Barrett to address demonstrations in both Dun Laoghaire & Dublin City Centre tomorrow

In a statement this afternoon, Richard Boyd Barrett, People Before Profit TD and member of Right2Water steering committee, has urged the public to join the national day of protests organised by the Right2Water Campaign.

Tomorrow’s protest is part of a sustained campaign planned for the weeks running into the General election and will include another demonstration on the last Saturday before the election.
Protests will take place in over 30 locations nationwide.
Protest in Dun Laoghaire 11am- assemble at People’s Park.
Dublin City Centre Assemble 2pm Christchurch and Connolly Station, marching to GPO for 3pm rally. 
Richard Boyd Barrett said, “It’s vitally important that we get tens of thousands on the streets tomorrow across the country to send a message to the Fine Gael- Labour government that the unprecedented popular rebellion against water changes and austerity has not gone away.”
Vast numbers of people do not believe the nonsense from this government that they have done a good job over the last five years. In reality this government has cruelly betrayed their pre-election promises to protect the vulnerable and have instead visited brutal attacks on the least well-off, have savaged our public services and generated an unprecedented crisis in homelessness and in our health services”.
We have seen through some of the biggest protests in the history of the state and an enormous popular boycott, that the majority of people oppose these water charges and that this or any future government has no mandate to impose this unfair austerity tax.
Alan Kelly is deluding himself if he thinks this issue has gone away and will regret his foolish comments as we see people pour on to the streets tomorrow and over the coming weeks.
The fight against water charges and tomorrow’s protest is not just about one unjust charge. it is about all the unfair austerity. The people marching tomorrow are marching for a different kind of politics and a different type of society based on equality, fairness and solidarity”.