Socialist Worker

Radical left looks to make gains in Irish election

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2490

People Before Profit canvassing earlier this week

People Before Profit canvassing earlier this week

A key electoral test for austerity is set for the end of the month in Ireland. Workers have been assaulted by the outgoing and the previous governments for the past eight years.

The coalition of the right wing Fine Gael party and its minority partner, the Irish Labour Party, took office in 2011.

It was just weeks after the previous government negotiated a bailout for the banks.

There are 272,000 fewer full-time jobs compared to before the financial crash—but there are 13 more billionaires.

The main bosses’ party Fianna Fail is making limited gains.Some of the anger against austerity will boost Sinn Fein.

Socialist Worker’s sister organisation in Ireland is part of People Before Profit (PBP) which is standing in a joint slate with the Anti-Austerity Alliance.

Both groups have been prominent in the campaign against water charges.

According to PBP MP Richard Boyd Barrett, “You will see a further erosion of the dominance of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour.” People Before Profit offers, “a genuine left wing radical alternative and leaving behind a past of cronyism, tribal politics and injustice,” he said.

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