Socialist Worker

Excitement at new left challenge in Ireland

Issue No. 2230

The new United Left Alliance—made up of the People Before Profit Alliance, the Socialist Party, the Tipperary Workers and Unemployed Action Group, and others—marched together. They attracted a huge number around them.

The alliance plans to contest the forthcoming general election, and many on the march were excited about the possibilities of a joint challenge by the left in Ireland.

After the main rally, several thousand people gathered at a United Left Alliance rally to hear Socialist Party MEP Joe Higgins demand a nationwide strike, “to say that we will not pay for the crisis”.

Richard Boyd Barrett of the People Before Profit Alliance called on marchers to “lay siege to the Dail [parliament] on budget day—Tuesday 7 December”.

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