éirígí announces local election candidates
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The socialist republican party, éirígí, has announced it will be standing candidates in both the Six and Twenty-Six County local elections in May. The party will be standing activists for election in Dublin, Belfast, Wicklow and Wexford. Other areas may also be contested and, if confirmed, the details will be made public in the coming weeks. The list below includes the candidate names and their respective constituencies:
Máire Drumm – Colin, Belfast City
Pádraic Mac Coitir – Black Mountain, Belfast City
Damien Farrell – Crumlin/Kimmage, Dublin City
Ciaran Heaphey – Beaumont/Donaghmede, Dublin City
Councillor Louise Minihan – Ballyfermot/Drimnagh, Dublin City
Sean Doyle – Wicklow, Co Wicklow
Councillor John Dwyer – New Ross, County Wexford
Dominic Gaughan – Gorey, County Wexford.
Runaí Ginearálta éirígí Breandán Mac Cionnaith said, “For the first time in many years voters from Wexford to Antrim will have the opportunity to vote for candidates and a party that are genuinely committed to the socialist-republican cause. The decision to stand in these elections represents another important step in the development of an all-Ireland alternative to the establishment political parties and the wider political and socio-economic status quo.
“éirígí is active in an increasing number of working class communities across Ireland. Our candidates are standing in those constituencies where the party has developed its most solid foundations. We are confident that May’s local elections will demonstrate a steadily increasing support for the socialist republican message.
“A vote for éirígí in May’s local elections will not be a vote for a political party that will disappear into the council chambers as soon as the election is over. It will be a vote of confidence in working people’s ability to challenge the social and economic inequality that is rampant in this country. It will be vote against the politics of occupation, division and austerity. It will be a vote in favour of rebuilding strong, united, cohesive communities.
“We want a vote for éirígí to represent the start, not the end, of people’s involvement in political activism. Real and lasting change will only come about when people’s political life extends beyond the ballot box and into every avenue where they can challenge the status quo.”
Brendan noted further that the working class people “who are facing the daily brunt of occupation, unemployment, creaking public services and housing shortages are well aware of the fact that the people in power don’t give a damn about them.”
The éirígí candidates are folks who have given a lifetime of effort to the struggle for a better Ireland, seeking neither fame nor financial reward for doing so. They are embedded in the daily life of the working class areas in which they are standing and work tirelessly in pursuit of the needs of their communities.
“This May,” Brendan suggests, “working people should vote for those whose only allegiance is to their class and their community – not those who administer power in the interests of the corrupt and the wealthy. . . In four months time the communities where éirígí is running candidates will have an opportunity to send a very strong message to the ruling class, a message that shows that the will of the people has not been broken by years of exploitation and austerity; a message that tells of the coming day when working people will assert their right to justice and equality; a message that working people remain committed to the cause of Tone, Pearse and Connolly; a message that will send a cold chill through the halls of Leinster House and Stormont.“
To realise the potential of the May elections, the party intends to deliver hundreds of thousands of pieces of literature, to canvass tens of thousands of homes and to engage with tens of thousands of people. If you live in Ireland, you can help by assisting directly in the campaign – whether by delivering literature, helping out on stalls, postering, even helping make tea and sandwiches for election workers I guess. People outside Ireland who want to help can boost the party’s finances by buying stuff from the online shop.
Anyone reading this who wants to help out should contact the party directly:
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Posted on January 25, 2014, in 21st century republicanism and socialism, éirígí, British state repression (general), Democratic rights - general, Economy and workers' resistance, Irish politics today, Public events - Ireland, Repression and resistance in the six counties today, Social conditions. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.