eirigi open new office in Belfast
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The socialist-republican party éirígí have opened their new ‘Belfast Office & Advice Centre’ on the Springfield Road. Party spokesperson Pádraic Mac Coitir, said that the new space was opened in response to ‘an increase in housing, welfare and other issues’ that the party were now responding to.
Speaking from the recent launch in Belfast Pádraic said, “Following the opening of our first Belfast office two years ago, our party has received a gradual increase in demand for advice services and other requests for help from the local community. And it’s not just locals, we have actually had people from outside Belfast coming in to speak to us about common issues such as welfare and housing and other concerns that we never expected to deal with, like legal disputes and, more surprisingly, immigration.”
“It’s for those reasons that we felt the time was right to expand the services that we provide and open a more accessible space on the Springfield Road. We’ll now have a dedicated team of staff who can deal with issues such as welfare and housing to a range of legal topics, with the ability to outsource more complicated matters to other dedicated agencies with greater experience. We already have a number of open days planned and a calendar of events laid out for the months ahead. Those include a range of public meetings similar to the one we organised recently to highlight Stormont cuts. We’re also aiming to organise a series of open discussions and debates on political theory, with cinema nights and study circles now being planned by local party activists.”
Pádraic concluded by adding, “The sad fact is, the normal working people of the Six Counties are increasingly finding themselves in need of help. We fully expect the demand for our services to rise again over the coming year and beyond as the Stormont parties implement further cuts and austerity measures across the economy. If anybody finds themselves in need of any kind of assistance and you think it’s something we could help you with, call down for a chat and a cup of tea with myself, or one of our members of staff, we’ll always do our best to help you. We’ll be open from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.”
From the éirígí site.
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