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.
Speaking of the recent statement by the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) calling on GPs to reject the Government's proposal for free health care for children under 6, Brian Finucane, of People Before Profit Kerry, said, 'I fully support the recommendation of the NAGP and the rationale they outline. Healthcare and medical support should be provided based on need not on age. The NAGP says it has an ethical and moral responsibility to prevent the introduction of the scheme. I believe the scheme is yet another example of this government prioritising votes over any ethical or moral responsibility.
The arrest and continued detention of Paul Murphy TD and Jobstown resident Scott Masterson prompted the three People Before Profit councilors to walk out of South Dublin County Council's monthly meeting. This walk was an act of solidarity, so they could join the ongoing protest at Tallaght Garda station.
The Cork branch of People Before Profit are calling for a massive outpouring of support on Leeside streets this Saturday, January 31st, as community groups and politicians come together to remind the government that the people will not accept water charges.
In 2014, the government was forced to backtrack on water charges by the sheer numbers who came out on street protests. But they are playing a longer game and are not giving up on their wider plans to make us pay for - and eventually privatise – water.