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PBP TD condemns Howlin and Labour’s pathetic attacks on the left and denial about its own responsibiIMG_0583lity for Labour’s electoral melt-down.

Labour owe the public an apology for the homeless crisis and their litany of broken promises

In a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, for AAA-People Before Profit Alliance, has condemned former Minister Brendan Howlin and the Labour Party for comments made this morning on RTE’s Morning Ireland radio programme.

Deputy Boyd Barrett described Deputy Howlin’s attacks on AAA-PBP as “pathetic and dishonest,” and said that the Labour party and Deputy Howlin were in “arrogant denial of their own responsibility for Labour’s electoral melt-down” at the recent general election.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said the Labour Party owed the public and those that voted for them in 2011, an unconditional apology for their betrayal of election promises and, in particular, for their direct responsibility for the homelessness and housing crisis.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said it was totally incredible that Labour could describe others on the left as being undemocratic, when it was the Labour party, who broke solemn electoral pledges made in the 2011 election on issues such as water charges, student fees, burning bondholders and protecting vulnerable sections of society from the impact of austerity.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said also that it was truly unbelievable that the Labour Party or Deputy Howlin should condemn protesting and street campaigning, when its founder’s James Connolly and James Larkin, had been among Ireland’s greatest proponents and champions of mass street mobilisation.

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People Before Profit Alliance has won 2 seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections.

imageGerry Carroll topped the poll in West Belfast, receiving the second highest 1st preference vote of any candidate across Northern Ireland with 8,299 votes (18.09%).

ChzkSVqWsAEa4wQElsewhere in Foyle Constituency Eamonn McCann took a seat for People Before Profit, with a 1st preference vote of 4,176 (10.5%).

In North Belfast first time candidate Fiona Ni Fhearghais received a very respectable 1,286 votes (3.5%).

Congratulations to all our candidates.

 

IMG_0583In a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett TD for the People Before Profit Alliance has said “basic respect for Democracy requires that the issue of water charges is taken out of the government formation talks and simply put to the Dail.”

Deputy Boyd Barrett said also that the EU, Fine Gael and the Green Party were guilty of “stunning hypocrisy” on the issue of water conservation and water quality, pointing out that that the EU, the Fianna Fail/Green government and the Fine Gael/Labour government had all slashed the capital investment programme in water infrastructure from 2008 onwards, without any regard for the disastrous effect that this would have for water conservation and water treatment.

Deputy Boyd Barrett pointed out that it was the opponents of water charges who had actively and consistently opposed cuts in investment in water infrastructure – cuts which had done enormous damage to water conservation efforts and efforts to improve water quality.

Richard Boyd Barrett said: “It is a simple and straightforward matter of democracy to sort out the current road-block on water charges and government formation. The two issues should be completely separated.  All that needs to be done on the water charges issue is to allow the Dail to decide the matter and for TD’s to vote according to the mandate given to them in the recent general election. This would remove the issue from the current government formation talks and allow those talks to progress.

Allowing the Dail to decide the issue of water charges, for which it has a clear and specific mandate, would give real meaning to all the recent talk from both Fine Gael and Fianna Fail about Dail reform. The most reforming act Fine Gael and Fianna Fail could undertake is to allow the Dail to decide on an issue for which it has a clear mandate. It would restore public faith in the political system if, for once, all TD’s simply voted on an issue as they promised to before the election.

Fine Gael, Labour and the Greens would still be free to support the retention of charges but they would have to accept the fact that on this issue they are in a minority and that the democratic mandate given to a majority of TD’s requires that water charges be abolished. That’s democracy and it would finally put this issue to bed.”

Richard Boyd Barrett said also: “The current effort by the EU, Fine Gael and the Green Party to present themselves as champions of water conservation and water quality is an act of the most stunning hypocrisy and dishonesty. These are the very people who actually slashed this country’s capital investment programme in water infrastructure from 2008 onwards in order to bail-out private bankers and bondholders. The Fianna Fail/Green Party government, at the behest of the EU/IMF troika, butchered capital investment in water infrastructure and the Fine Gael/Labour government continued with those cuts. The current disastrous situation in terms of the failure to address leakage or improve water quality is precisely because of the austerity cuts demanded by the EU and enforced by Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, the Greens and Labour. If the EU had not demanded that we pay-out and tens of billions to bail-out bankers and bondholders, we would have had the money to invest in our water infrastructure and other vital services such as housing and health.  Anyone who was a party to these cuts has some neck now blaming the anti-water charge movement for the mess in water services. In contrast, we opposed all the EU inspired cuts in public spending and warned they would have disastrous impact on this countries vital infrastructure. Even now, we should tell the EU that we are going to hold back some of the €8 billion we are paying out every year in interest payments on odious private banking debt to fix our water infrastructure and, for that matter, to provide the social housing we so desperately need.”

People Before Profit TD, Richard Boyd Barrett, has said that witnessing the political jockeying and posturing from the establishment parties in forming a government has been a truly painful experience. The health and housing crises are getting worse by the day. A functioning Dáil is needed to deal with this.
Deputy Boyd Barrett said “The experience of observing the two main political parties engaging in this game of political hide and seek has been and awful experience. There are important issues that need to be dealt with immediately. This childish impasse has to stop so that the politicians that were elected in a number of weeks ago can get down to the business of sorting these problems out. During the weeks of inactivity the trolley crisis in our hospitals has gotten worse and our housing and homelessness crisis deepens. For the people of this country who spoke very loudly on polling day this is unacceptable. People voted for change, for a government that would deal with homelessness, the crisis in our health service and would abolish Irish Water and water charges, instead they have got prevarication and posturing.
Over the past 40 days since the general election everyone could see that the only feasible option for government formation is Fine Gael and Fianna Fail in coalition. The dogs on the street know that there is very little difference between the two establishment parties.
What has been seen over the past few weeks, including two votes for Taoiseach, has been little more than political theatre of the highest order. This farce should be stopped immediately; Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have to grow up and sort this charade out.”

Anti-Austerity Alliance- People Before Profit to nominate Richard Boyd Barrett for Taoiseach to outline positive left vision for Ireland 
 
rbb housing press conferenceToday the Anti-Austerity Alliance- People Before Profit will nominate Richard Boyd Barrett for Taoiseach. 
 
In a statement this morning AAA-PBP announced that it will nominate Richard Boyd Barrett for Taoiseach to outline a positive vision for Ireland.
Bríd Smith TD said “We in the Anti-Austerity Alliance- People Before Profit are putting Richard forward in this vote to emphasize that a new left is rising in Ireland and that there is now real a left wing option for people. We are highlighting that there is an historic opportunity to move  beyond the failed civil war politics of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail and to outline an alternative vision for Ireland. We have a positive vision- one which is based on issues and principles.”

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aaa pbpAt a press conference in Buswell’s Hotel today, the Anti-Austerity Alliance – People Before Profit (AAA-PBP) declared that the weekend’s opinion polls showed that the potential exists in this election to replace the Labour Party with a real left which will not betray the trust of the people they represent.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD said “The decline in support for the establishment parties seen in opinion polls is a sign of the huge political disillusionment that people feel with these parties and a seismic shift in the political landscape of this country. The opportunity exists now for a historic move beyond civil-war politics. This is seen most in the drop in support for the Labour Party which is now in wipe-out territory. This is an ongoing process and stems from the implementation of brutal austerity policies which have sacrificed workers and public services to bail out bankers and speculators.

“What we saw over the weekend was a spectacular demonstration of people power against, not just water charges, but the failed policies of this government; the betrayal, the corruption, the cronyism and the broken promises. It is clear that people have risen from the battering of austerity and are now fighting back against Fine Gael and EU enforced policies which have been shamefully supported by the Labour Party.”

“Workers, young people and oppressed groups are now looking for a political alternative that is opposed to austerity and puts forward radical proposals for the re-shaping of society like the ideas of sharing wealth and corporations to build homes, to fund our health system and our education system. The opportunity exists to build a real left force to replace the Labour Party, and avoids the mistakes of political betrayal and coalition with right-wing parties which has finished Labour as a force for working class people.”

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People Before Profit launch Decent Jobs: Employment and Labour Rights Manifesto

State must play a role in creating jobs

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People Before Profit held a press conference this morning launching their Decent Jobs: Employment and Labour Rights Manifesto. Attending the launch were Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Cllr Bríd Smith and Cllr John Lyons.

Richard Boyd Barrett said- “The current government are claiming that there is a recovery underway. What they are conveniently forgetting is the deterioration of wages and conditions of workers and the neutering of union representation since the Celtic Tiger. Under the guise of competitiveness we are seeing a race to the bottom. This is making life unaffordable for workers through the cost of accommodation and regressive charges like property tax and water charges.

“Many workers in Ireland today find themselves in precarious and low paid jobs. New teachers for example spend an average of seven years on insecure contracts before being made permanent. There is also policy, directly endorsed by the government, of age discrimination. New entrants to the public sector are paid less than those starting before January 2011.

“We have also seen Ireland become one of the standard bearers of low wage economies. In 2014 the OECD reported Ireland as having the second highest level of low-paying jobs; second only to the US.

“People Before Profit propose a different vision for our economy and our workers. Increased pay is what is needed for workers which in turn will boost the economy.

“We believe in strong unions that are based on empowering the grassroots. The political control of unions like SIPTU by the Labour Party must end. We have proposed a number of measures that we feel will empower the unions to make effective representation for their members.

“We feel that a fairer recovery is possible. The recovery that is being boasted about by the current government is not being felt by the vast majority of our population. A recovery based on low wages, the casualisation of labour, precarious contracts and substandard conditions is not a real recovery. We are campaigning for a recovery for the 99%- those who got sold out by this government and the previous Fianna Fail-Green Party government. We are calling and end to the exploitative JobsBridge scheme and other similar models which make young people work for free with no guarantee of a job at the end of it. We believe that work must pay.”
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People Before Profit’s Richard Boyd Barrett on the Leaders Debate last night on RTE said that thousands of hospital beds have been closed down and that AAA/PBP are proposing a NHS-style system. He says the most expenditure on health anywhere in the world is in the US, but they have some of the worst outcomes with millions having no healthcare. In contrast, in Britain far less money goes to private coffers.

He said that “we don’t need ‘market mechanisms’ in the health service and the irony of the government talking about care in the community is that local services have been cut, leading to chaos in larger centres.” It was also unacceptable that new teachers and nurses are getting such low pay.

On the economy, Boyd Barrett says that in the first instance the next government should ensure that corporations actually pay the full 12.5% rate, rather than 2% and that AAA/PBP will target wealth in place of water charges.

Richard finished up by saying that “AAA/PBP want to see a society based on real solidarity, where the wealth is shared in an equal way. We want to end the discrimination of women who can’t control their own bodies by repealing the Eight Amendment, end the discrimination of the youth and of the disabled. We want to end Civil War politics and the golden circle of cronyism.”

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People Before Profit launch Manifesto on Youth and Equality

Systematic discrimination against young people driving them from this country

pbp youthPeople Before Profit today launched their manifesto on Youth and Equality. Ireland is a very unequal society and discrimination against young people is endemic in government policy. This government policy and systemic inequality is driving our young people out of this country. People Before Profit have a different vision for our society. We want a society where young people can fulfill their lives; where young people can work and live with dignity. 

Richard Boyd Barrett TD said “This country has systemic discrimination against young people etched into its very fabric. Inequality amongst the youth of this nation is rife and it is quite clear that the political establishment do not understand the needs of our youth. “youth manifesto

Discrimination is officially inscribed in state policy through a number of mechanisms. First, new entrants – who will tend to be younger- are paid less for doing the same work. Someone who starts work as a nurse, teacher, guard or administrative workers is paid less than those who started before January 1st 2011. They are doing the exact same work and there is no justification for this discrimination. (Originally it was 10% less pay but even after some ‘consolidation’ it remains less) Second, there is discrimination in pension provision. Young people have to work longer before retirement and get a ‘career average pension’ as against a pension based on final year of service. Third, young people are discriminated against in social welfare rates.

“The HSE is a disaster due to the for-profit health system that this government have prioritised. This system is not only horrendous for patients who have to avail of it but also our health staff. 95% of newly qualified student nurses say they will emigrate abroad because they do not see any prospects for themselves in this country. What we need to do is employ 10,000 nurses in the HSE and reopen the beds that the government have closed. We need to make work pay for these nurses and we need proper working conditions for nurses so that they can deliver the best quality of healthcare to patients. Continue reading

christy gigPeople Before Profit presents Christy Moore in concert.
A Fundraiser for Richard Boyd Barrett’s election campaign.

Christy Moore with Declan Sinnott. Poet Dave Lordan and some special guests.

The election is just around the corner and we have a battle on our hands to keep a radical left voice for Dun Laoghaire in the Dail. So we hope you can join us for a wonderful night of music and poetry for an important cause.

Doors open at 7pm and the show will start at 8pm sharp.

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Tickets 25 euros. On sale in People Before Profit Office, 91 Lwr Georges St, Dun Laoghaire and in Keegan’s Footwear, Level 2, Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre. Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/769669066500110/

For further info:
pbpadunl@gmail.com or phone: 086 0685549