There is now an urgent need for the radical left to come together to form a coherent alliance. In recent months the fight against water charges has been one of the most successful protest movements. The sheer size of the mobilisation forced the government to make some retreats but the fight to abolish the charges continues.
Press Release today from Amnesty International: EAMONN MCCANN SHORTLISTED FOR AMNESTY MEDIA AWARD
Amnesty International UK has announced the shortlist for its prestigious annual Media Awards, this year celebrating its 20th year. Among those on the shortlist is freelance journalist Eamonn McCann for a series of articles on Bloody Sunday and the conclusion of the Saville Inquiry.
No compensation from Housing Executive or private landlord
People Before Profit Council candidate Colm Bryce last night highlighted the case of a pensioner in Foyle Road, who has still not been compensated after severe flooding in his flat over Xmas.
Michael James Murray, who has lived at 42 Foyle Road for 26 years, had his flat extensively damaged when the pipes in the flat upstairs burst during the freeze over Xmas. New carpets and a suite of furniture were damaged beyond repair. For months he has been left with a single chair and a TV as his only furniture. He has since managed to borrow a suite of furniture from a friend, on a temporary basis. He still has no carpets in the main living room or the hallway.
Mr Murray’s Housing Executive flat sits directly below a privately owned flat. The tenants were spending Xmas with family and Mr Murray could not gain access to the flat above which was flooding, after frozen pipes thawed. Water poured through the ceiling. The damage was so bad that he was forced to move in with his niece for 5 weeks, having no access to any other accommodation.
Both the Housing Executive and the private landlord have denied any responsibility or liability for the damage. The Housing Executive, when contacted by Mr Bryce yesterday, said that they are not responsible for water leaking into their property from a privately owned flat. They say that Mr Murray might have the right to make a claim under their public liability insurance but “going on previous experience, it is unlikely to be successful”.
Christy Moore is backing Eamonn McCann for an Assembly seat in Foyle. In a statement at the weekend, the popular singer said: "I have known Eamonn McCann and have stood with him in many campaigns since 1967. He has always stood for people before profit. I wish him every success in the election on May 5th. I hope to see him in the NI Assembly come May 6th.”
We appeal directly to Protestant voters to seriously consider voting for People Before Profit this time.
The neglect in Protestant working-class areas is there to be seen walking around the streets. During canvassing, it was made abundantly clear how discontented many people are at the way they have been represented and how little has been done to improve their lives.
THE PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT ALLIANCE today launched its Council election manifesto. The main demand of its manifesto is the abolition of ILEX, the urban regeneration company, in favour of more democratic control of the future of the City.
People Before Profit are standing four candidates for Derry City Council, Connor Kelly (Cityside), Colm Bryce (Northland), Davy McAuley (Waterside) and Diane Greer (Waterside Rural). Below are the candidates pictured with Assembly Candidate Eamonn McCann.
Candidate for Northland, Colm Bryce, said, “The recent review of ILEX, the first in its eight year history, was a damning indictment of a company that has not delivered on what it was tasked to do, despite using £21 million of public money on inflated salaries and other costs. The essential problem is that that ILEX was based on a flawed model of attracting multinational companies and propping up a property-speculation bubble. Then the recession hit and the property market collapsed. Yet ILEX still envisage this sort of development for Fort George.
“The vast rows of empty and unfinished office blocks along the Liffey in Dublin should be a salutary lesson to anyone who still clings to these pie-in-the-sky dreams. In the absence of attracting any development to the City for 8 years, ILEX has now immersed itself in the City of Culture project. There is a deep concern that ILEX view the City of Culture simply as a way of developing Ebrington, rather than encouraging the development of existing arts and cultural organisations in the City."
“Margaret Ritchie’s address to business leaders in Belfast at the weekend was the most right-wing speech from any party leader in this campaign so far”, according to People Before Profit candidate for Foyle, Eamonn McCann.