The AAA-PBP Strategy Meeting took place at the Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham – Friday 23rdSeptember.
The grand coalition of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and independents will walk back into the Dáil next week under fire from a huge section of Irish society. Having gone to bat to defend outrageous tax evasion by Apple and other multi national companies, this government is more discredited than ever.
This is a viciously pro big business government but it is also a weak and ineffective one. Despite their best efforts to implement water charges, they failed – likewise they failed on green bin charges and have been knocked back on other issues. We now see the growing resolve of transport worker’s for pay justice and growing confidence among other worker’s for pay restoration. Despite the charade of a citizens assembly they face the growth of a hugely popular movement by women and young people for social change and Repeal of the 8th. These battles represent just the tip of the iceberg in terms of a growing challenge to this Government.
Workers, women and those looking for change will find fuel in the international growth of radical left alternatives represented by the movement around Jeremy Corbyn in Britain, Stein and Sanders in the US and similar political movements in Europe.
Ireland will not be exempt from this phenomena and among the parties and groups in the Dáil AAA-PBP clearly reflects this more than any other grouping. AAA/PBP will continue to challenge the neo liberal agenda and rule of the 1% and we look forward to the further growth of the left during this Dáil session.
At the meeting AAA / PBP TD’s and activists discussed and focussed on the following;
- Support for the Dublin Bus & other transport workers in dispute along with other workers struggles and the need to address low pay
- Repeal and 8thand a woman’s right to choose along with the need for separation of church and state.
- Irelands low tax regime for the rich and corporate sector and growing economic inequality
- The housing crisis and the need for a major local authority house building programme
- The building of a radical left alternative to this government and the bankrupt policies of neo-liberalism, privatisation and capitalism