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.
The recent revelation that Arthur Cox will be acting for Japan Tobacco (JTI) in its threatened court action against the State to block plain cigarette packaging serves as a warning of the possible consequences of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, coming into force.
People Before Profit activists in the Rathmines area of Dublin are helping to set up a Dublin Tenants Association. A launch meeting attended by Richard Boyd Barret TD, local councillor, Sonya Stapleton, and housing activist Gerard Maher will take place in Devitt’s Pub (upstairs) in Camden Street on Thursday 19th February at 8.30 pm. It is hoped a movement for rent regulation will spread outwards across the city.
People Before Profit in Cork are calling on the management at Cork Institute of Technology to explain the opaque financing and decision-making behind a proposed merger with Tralee Institute of Technology, due to go ahead early next year.
The Cork branch of the People Before Profit Alliance today expressed disappointment at the short-sighted defeat of Clare Daly TD’s Private Members Bill legislating for abortion in circumstances of fatal foetal abnormality, last night. Clare Daly’s bill called for changes in legislation to allow for women to seek and undergo termination of a pregnancy in Ireland in cases where the chances of foetal survival are extremely unlikely.