Republic of Ireland

Breakthrough as PBPA wins 15 council seats

The 2014 local council elections saw a major breakthrough for the People Before Profit Alliance winning 15 council seats – 14 in the South and one in Belfast.

Brid Smith broadcast for Euro election

Attacks on the poorest, is this what Labour believes is fair!

by Louise Bayliss, PBPA candidate in Mulhuddart, Dublin

Thursday 15th May was UN Day of the Family. Coincidentally, it was the day the lone parent organisations were invited into the Department of Social Protection to inform then about the impact of cuts to lone parents.

The rationale of the policy introduced by Minister Burton in Budget 2012 was to activate lone parents back into employment. She acknowledged that statistically lone parents, and their children, are the most disadvantaged and poorest in our society and that therefore some drastic changes were needed.

Labour attacks the most vulnerable children through sly SNA cuts

A Department of Education and Skills (DES) circular (0030/2014) from April 2014 outlines further cuts to the level of support for children and teenagers with special needs is outlined.

A shocking aspect of this circular is their intention to remove almost all access to SNAs in secondary school.

Brian Finucane, PBPA candidate from Listowel, Kerry said,

“Ruairi Quinn, Labour’s Minister for Education has once again targeted children with Special Educational Needs, by drastically cutting access to SNAs as well as systematically eroding children’s SNA resource hours”.

PBP local election candidate, originally from Turkey, says authorities responsible for mine tragedy that killed 274 workers

PBP local election candidate, originally from Turkey, holds the authorities responsible for the mine tragedy that killed 274 workers

- Putting profits before workers kills miners
- All responsible people must be brought to justice
- Radical change is needed in regulations to safeguard miners health and safety

The death toll in the Turkish mine tragedy on May 13 has risen to 274. There are many more miners injured and some uncertain number of workers are still trapped in the mine, 2000m below the surface.

"You're not from Galway at all" says Taoiseach

Casual racism from Enda Kenny, it seems he doesn't realize that tens of thousands of Irish will return with different accents thanks to his policies.

IBM meter reading software delay means Irish Water cannot record water usage

Andrew Keegan, a People Before Profit candidate for Ballymun Ward, claims that Irish Water will not be in a position to issue bills based on water usage by January 2015.

Keegan, a construction manager, is challenging the government claims that there metering is ahead of schedule. There is also no clarity on how houses without meters will be charged.

In a statement, Andrew Keegan said,

Over 100 local election candidates pledge to cooperate in fighting austerity

Left groups announce national transfer pact for local elections and pledge to cooperate in fighting austerity

Up to 100 candidates covered by the pact and pledge across the state

FG dirty tricks against People Before Profit exposed in election campaign

PBPA has uncovered shocking tactics by Fine Gael in the election campaign in Inisowen, Donegal. A leading FG activist from Carndonagh, who hosts the FG branch meetings in his pub, was photographed taking down the posters of PBPA candidate Joe Murphy. When confronted the FG activist offered to put the posters back up, but then proceeded to erect the posters in far-flung locations. He also put the posters up below the regulation height and on structures that would incur a litter fine for the PBPA candidate, Joe Murphy.

Joe Murphy, People Before Profit candidate in Inisowen explains:

People Before Profit release election campaign song

People Before Profit have released a campaign song for the election campaign Performed by Paddy Nash from People Before Profit in Derry.
The chorus is as follows: "put the people before the profit/ put the need before the greed/ and we'll find a new direction beyond the Orange and the Green".
Richard Boyd Barrett, PBPA director of elections said,

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