Real alternative will be posed by candidates promoting active opposition to water and home taxes, cuts and low pay, and demanding action on housing crisis.

Cllr Nicky Coules, Dublin South West candidate

Cllr Nicky Coules, Dublin South West candidate

In a statement today, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, for the People Before Profit Alliance,  has said the forthcoming bye-elections in Dublin South West and Roscommon offer a welcome opportunity for voters to puncture the “bogus government claims” that their polices have been a success in promoting meaningful economic recovery.

Deputy Boyd Barrett, who will be speaking in the Dáil, when the writ for the by-elections is moved by the government later today, said he was delighted that Cllr Nicky Coules, longstanding community activist and Tallaght resident, was standing as the People Before Profit in the Dublin South West by-election.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said the real alternatives for voters in the by-elections, were those candidates such as Nicky Coules, who were actively involved in campaigns on the ground opposing home and water taxes, challenging low pay and public service cuts, and campaigning for more social and affordable housing.

Richard Boyd Barrett said: “Much of the media debate as the Dail re-convenes and the by-election’s loom, has been dominated by government propaganda about its so-called achievements and meaningless spats between personalities and factions in the larger parties. However, the real issues facing people on the ground, -the things that will actually dictate how people vote – are continuing financial hardship, crumbling public services and the utterly disastrous housing crisis.

Talk of recovery will mean very little to low and middle income families who are set to take another hammering with the imposition of water charges and the full-year cost of the home tax. It will mean nothing at all to the tens of thousands of families who cannot afford a home as government policy stokes up another property price bubble, leaving record numbers homeless or threatened with homelessness.  It will be nothing short of an insult to sick, disabled or vulnerable people who try and access care or support from a health service that is falling apart under the impact of savage cuts.

Candidates for parties that whose policies created all this misery – either in the last Fianna Fail government or the present Fine Gael/Labour one – should not be taken seriously. They may say certain things to be popular in the run-up to an election, but their long history of making and then breaking promises means they simply cannot be trusted.

We need candidates and parties that have a consistent record of campaigning on the ground and in their communities against unjust cuts and taxes.  We are delighted that Nicky Coules has agreed to run for People Before Profit in the Dublin South West by-election. Nicky has lived for decades in Tallaght, working as a community activist.  He has played a central role in building opposition on the ground to the unjust home and water taxes being imposed by this government. He recently played a very active role in the Greyhound Workers support group and has been involved in many community and workers campaigns over the years.

Unlike some of the factions manoeuvring currently for influence within Fine Gael, Fianna Fail or Labor, People Before Profit and Nicky Coules have clear and consistent policies that are different from those currently being pursued and are aimed at delivering, fairness, social justice and meaningful recovery.”

In our campaign and in the forthcoming months, People Before Profit will be priortising:

-Real Tax justice –  not regressive water, homes taxes & USC.

-Higher taxes on top earners, profit and wealth to fund our public services.

-A major emergency programme of public housing construction, rent controls & protection for distressed mortgage holders

– A properly funded single tier, national health service.

-An end to low-pay & reversal of cuts affecting the vulnerable and least well-off.