Let’s Go People



This afternoon.

The Mont Clare Hotel, Merrion Square, Dublin 2

The launch of People Before Profit’s General Election 2016 manifesto (and vid, above) whose broad aim is a fairer, more equal society.

Plans include:

Prevention of privatisation and retention of State funded services and Ireland’s natural resources in public ownership

The implementation of a progressive taxation model that sees those who have the most pay the most. This will include the abolition of the water charges; the abolition of the property tax on the primary unit of family residence; the removal of the USC for incomes below €70,000.

Creation of a National Health Service free to all at the point of accesss

Building 50,000 social housing units over five years, imposing effective rent controls and ending the practice of evicting families who show genuine financial distress in mortgage re-payments

Universal, accessible, lifelong education system, free at the point of access for all

Recognising childcare as a universal right and developing a public system of crèches

Repealing the Eighth Amendment

Reversing discrimination against young people in social welfare and ‘new entrant’ wages.

Outlawing discrimination in access to schools on religious grounds.


Top from ‘left’: Gino Kenny, Brid Smith, Richard Boyd Barrett and John Lyons

People Before Profit

Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews

33 thoughts on “Let’s Go People

    1. Cup of tea anyone?

      I think they mention raising taxes on those who can afford to pay. Also reducing costs like TD’s salaries and pensions, also costs of consultants and legal. sure when you consider the amounts paid on consultants for Irish water, Eir Code and the e-voting thing, you could solve a lot of the country’s problems.

  1. dav

    Best of luck to them in trying to make life better for those that the blushirts and their labour lap dogs despise.

  2. Cup of tea anyone?

    So many promises…
    I think they are worth a shot. If they only achieve 10 of them they will probably be better then the clowns we have now.

  3. JD

    Whether one admires Thatcher or not, her statement on socialism is sound.

    “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

    Richard the Boy Barrett trades on anger and his career is based on campaign. Its unclear what paid job he ever had or whether he understands what it takes to actually generate a profit so you can put the people before profit. If you build it, they will come they said in the Field of Dreams. It is not the same with taxing things,,,,

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

      Nice soundbyte. It has very little relationship with reality though. You’d need to basically not know what money or socialism is for that to work.

    2. Disasta

      Or the problem is that wealthier individuals, i.e. individuals with more power to influence, won’t give up more than they think they should, which appears to be significantly lower than one would expect, probably due to the fact they can afford better advice/services, guaranteeing their losses are minimised.

      That’s not changing in the long run.

    3. Wayne.F

      JS his two paid jobs are as a TD and as a socialist party campaigner. So in reality he has never had a job not funded by the public. He also claimed the maximum allowance for private transport too and from the daíl in a calendar year. Despite living in a house funded by his mother on the dart line.

      1. Same old same old

        Despite the pomposity He’s a sound man who actually works for the public interest ref his campaign for the Joycean baths or his successful campaign to prevent the sale of Avondale House and Coillte.

      2. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq


        J flipping S?
        What is that?

        You and your ‘Same old same old’ girlfriend are one person, like two wrists of the same pair set of arms.

  4. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    Alex, what do you mean by ‘…anyone who doesnt have to work here in a skilled/well paying job wont.’?

    -Won’t work or won’t pay taxes?

    You know there are other options, either way?
    It’s not like they’re Luas drivers.

    1. Lorcan Nagle

      I am a tech person who absolutely won’t move abroad for work if a more progressive tax system comes into play in Ireland. I will happily pay my fair share into it every pay day.

  5. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    My answer to that Alex is that I want a doctor who isn’t putting money at the top of their agenda. I want my doctor to be a doctor, not a career-opportunist.
    As for the ‘techs’, we grow our own ‘techs’. We export them like we have too many. We’ll never have enough.

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