At a Press Conference this morning the People Before Profit Alliance announced that Brid Smith, an elected Dublin City councillor (Ballyfermot/Drimnagh ward) will run as the Party’s candidate in the Dublin constituency for next year’s European elections.
Cllr. Brid Smith, a leading member of the People Before Profit Alliance, is a long-standing campaigner and trade union activist who has played a leading role in struggles against the bin charges and the property tax.
Commenting today Cllr. Smith said: “I am delighted to announce that I will be running as People Before Profit’s Dublin candidate for the European elections. We believe there is an alternative to austerity in Ireland and in Europe. Instead of pouring billions into bailing out banks and bondholders, we can protect our schools and hospitals; we can invest in jobs and provide for social protection. We need a different Ireland and a different Europe; one that puts the interests of ordinary people before those of bankers and bondholders. My campaign for Europe will be part of this urgent struggle.”
Richard Boyd Barrett TD also commented: “In Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Ireland, and increasingly across the wider European economy, it is blatantly obvious to everyone that the politics of austerity are a disastrous failure. Austerity has made the economic crisis worse and has lead to mass unemployment and poverty, inflicting suffering on millions of ordinary people in Europe. How can billions be allowed to flow freely across the Eurozone when billions of euro are allocated to banks and bondholders but governments refuse to invest in public services and protect the interests of working class people? It is time for an alternative.”
Ailbhe Smyth, the convener of People Before Profit said: “Brid Smith’s campaign for Europe will play an important role, in the coming weeks and months, in the fight to build a real alternative to this government. People are sick and tired of being told that there is no alternative to austerity. There is real desire for change in this country. We need a new political force that is willing to stand up to this government and to the EU. People Before Profit is that force. We do politics differently. We campaign in local communities and help people empower themselves. We help to mobilise people and bring “people power” to the streets.”