Anti-Austerity Alliance- People Before Profit to nominate Richard Boyd Barrett for Taoiseach to outline positive left vision for Ireland
Today 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.”
“By nominating Richard we wish to set out the urgent priority fix our crumbling health service, resolve the housing crisis, abolish unfair water charges, end religious discrimination in schools, and remove the Eighth Amendment from our constitution. We urgently need to address the discrimination against young people and the low paid that is forcing people into poverty and emigration. We must have immediate action on climate change and take back our natural resources for the benefit of all and create an alternative to the corruption, cronyism and the betrayal of governments past. By nominating Richard we want to advance a different type of politics- based on people power, that we believe can establish a National Health Service, free at the point of use; a radical social house building programme; the right of women to control their own lives and bodies; an end to discrimination in our schools and, of course the abolition of water charges and Irish Water.
“We are not under any illusions that Richard will be elected as Taoiseach- rather this this is a statement of intent that we are determined to offer the people of this country a genuine left an alternative to the failed politics of the past. We advocate an Ireland of fairness, solidarity and equality- that is what is symbolized in the nomination of Richard as Taoiseach.”