ULA launches general election challenge

The People Before Profit Alliance, Socialist Party, and Workers and Unemployed Action Group (South Tipperary) have come together to provide a left alternative to the establishment parties in the next General Election.

The Alliance is based on an agreed policy programme available at this link.

In the general election, the ULA will mount a major challenge to Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour who back the proposed austerity measures in the Budget and in the Four Year Plan and also to Sinn Fein who are prepared to prop them up in a coalition government. We expect to run about 20 candidates

Candidates who have already been agreed include

Joe Higgins (MEP) and Cllr Seamus Healy are former Dail deputies

Further candidates who adhere to the policy programme will be agreed shortly

The Alliance expects to secure the election of a number of deputies and to form a coherent group in the next Dail.

Socialist Party MEP, Joe Higgins (MEP) said:

“The outcome of the forthcoming election is almost a foregone conclusion insofar as Fianna Fáil and the Greens will be annihilated. Fine Gael and Labour’s sole virtue is that they are not Fianna Fáil yet they are wedded to the same cut back agenda for the next four years.

“However Fine Gael and Labour’s ability to carry on Fianna Fáil’s agenda will be greatly curbed if a movement of people power in the form of mass demonstrations and strikes is built starting at next Saturday’s National demonstration forces this government out of office quick time and sustains this resistance under the next government.

“Likewise the presence of a number of genuine left TDs in the Dáil offering a visible political alternative will be a massive pole of attraction to workers, unemployed and young people and can become a real factor in the unfolding crisis.”

Workers and Unemployed Action Group (South Tipperary), Cllr Seamus Healy said:

“We are determined to put in place a framework in which working people and the poor can give a political response to these attacks. We are ready for the fight and for the general election. But that will be only the beginning. We will not participate in Coalition with Fianna Fail or Fine Gael. In the following years we will expand our activities and widen our campaigns. We are open to new forces and groups. Come and join us in the fight. We will not rest until the interests of Irish workers, employed and unemployed, are the first priority in this country.”

People before Profit Alliance Cllr Joan Collins (Dublin City Council, Crumlin) said:

“I welcome the formation of the United Left Alliance Now is the time to take to the streets in protest and on Saturday next , 27 November we have a chance to do it.People Before Profit and many others have strongly criticised the trade union leaders for not doing enough to mobilize against the cuts, but now this call has been made we all need to get behind it and send the strongest possible message to this rotten government. Get out Now!

People Before Profit Alliance Cllr Richard Boyd-Barrett (Dun Laoghaire) said:

“‘The IMF is not here to help the Irish people but to shore up the EU banking system. The wealthy have withdrawn billions from Irish banks and this poses a threat to the British, German and French banking systems.

“The so called IMF loan will be mainly directed at Ireland’s failed banking network to ensure it pays off its foreign creditors. But we, the people, will have to offer up our living standards to pay for all of this.

“In order to save Irish society, we need a new period of resistance. There should be mass protests to the Dail and this government should be driven out of office.Any incoming government should be told that the resistance to IMF inspired measures will continue and grow.

“The United Left Alliance offers a real alternative because it states openly that it will vote against water charges, property taxes, new PAYE taxes on the low paid and all other measures that force the majority of low and middle income earners to pay for this crisis. It is time that the super-rich paid the for the mess they have created.”