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Last night.

Voting in the Dáil chamber at the Convention centre on a People Before Profit motion calling for pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) to be restored to its previous rate of €350

People currently receive between €203 and €300 a week if they lost their job as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Yesterday: Comply Or The PUP Gets It

Via People Before Profit

When we get vaccinated we are protecting ourselves, but we are also protecting the vulnerable around us, slowing transmission of disease and driving it out of the population.

Vaccination is all about solidarity.

…A large amount of the blame for the growth of “anti-vaxx” and dangerous anti-scientific beliefs about Covid-19 rests with the phamra giants and the Capitalist system.

…But, we must defend science and its immense liberatory, life-saving potential. Vaccines are safe and save lives.

…Vaccinate as an act of solidarity with others. Fight for science and medicine for the many!

Well, since you put it that way.


Vaccination is Solidarity (People Before Profit)


From top: Dick Dowling plaque on the Town Hall in Tuam, County Galway; Christopher Columbus monument in Galway

This afternoon.

People Before Profit has called on local authorities in Galway to remove monuments which the party claims ‘glorify’ slavery and racism.

Via RTÉ:

It wants a monument to Christopher Columbus in Galway to be taken down and is also seeking the removal of a plaque in Tuam, honouring Major Richard (Dick) Dowling, who served with the Confederate army in the US.

The Columbus monument, close to the Spanish Arch, was erected to mark the quincentenary of his 1492 voyage to America.

…People Before Profit says an absence of any reference to Columbus’ “genocidal brutality” on the monument is disrespectful.


Call to remove Galway monuments ‘glorifying slavery’ (RTÉ)

Pic via Visit Galway

This afternoon.

Solidarity People Before Profit’s Gino Kenny (being hugged by Brid Smith and watched on by Richard Boyd Barrett) wins the last Dublin Mid-West  seat from the jaws of defeat.


Now…the split!

This afternoon.

Ballyfermot Road, Chapelizod, Dublin 10.

Solidarity/People Before Profit launch their housing policy for General Election 2020 outside the De La Salle school site with middle pic above from left: Solidarity PBP candidate for Dublin North West Conor Reddy, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Brid Smith TD and councillors Hazel De Nortuin and Tina McVeigh.

Promises include:

Increase the supply of social and affordable housing through an extra €2.3 billion in Budget 2019;

Increase the contribution of private builders from 10-20% of their developments – and 30% in strategic areas;

Make it illegal to evict people into homelessness and;

Hold a referendum to enshrine the right to housing in the constitution.

Housing Policy (Solidarity People Before Profit)

Leah Farrell/RollingNews


This morning.

Liberty Hall, North Dock, Dublin 1

People Before Profit’s Richard Boyd Barrett (left) and Brid Smith launch the party’s “Charter of Workers Rights” at the James Connolly Memorial Statue.

The charter proposes a shorter working week, a living wage of €15 an hour, mandatory sick and maternity pay on the full rate, union recognition for all workers and a right to strike.

Mr Boyd Barret said:

“Our workers are the most productive of anywhere in the Western world with the highest levels of productivity, but they have the lowest share of the national economic cake

We have one of the youngest populations anywhere in Europe and the plan of both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, I’m fearful, is to have us working longer than any other worker in Europe, before they are entitled to their pension and that doesn’t add up

I think there is a historic shift happening in Irish politics away from the two party system of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael with a majority of people looking for an alternative.”


After outlining their Charter of Workers Rights, Bríd Smith entertained the gathered media singing a verse of “James Connolly“.

People Before Profit propose shorter working week and longer holidays (RTÉ)


This morning.

Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2.

Solidarity/People Before Profit launch their Environment Policy – Planet Before Profit – with above from left: Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Paul Murphy TD, Bríd Smith TD and Ruth Coppinger TD.

Including promises to:

introduce a free public transport system by tripling investment and subsidising journeys… it would do this by adding 500 electric buses every year

and reduce the dairy herd by 50% and compensate farmers with a New Green Payment.

Solidarity-People Before Profit pledges free transport in climate action plan (Independent.ie)

Leah Farrell/RollingNews

People Before Profit Dublin Central candidate Gillian Brien tweetz:

“My posters are getting burned, since Saturday night. Why? I refused to take a leaflet from a male in his 60s, who said ‘I burn in hell for been ally to LGBT+ Community’. While postering Saturday morning, he also said ‘I will see’, repeatedly.”



Billboard from SIPTU’s ‘Stop 67’ campaign

This morning.

SIPTU’s Deputy General Secretary Ethel Buckley spoke to RTÉ Radio One’s Seán O’Rourke about the union’s “Stop 67” campaign to stop plans to raise Ireland’s State pension age to 67 from January 1, 2021.

Ms Buckley said the campaign has been running for “a number of months” but today’s launch of the campaign is being carried out in conjunction with other groups such as the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Age Action and Active Retirement.

From the interview…

Ethel Buckley: “Our priority is to ensure that the legislation is changed so that they do not proceed with 67 on New Year’s Day [2021] and we have not heard yet, from Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil that they will repeal the legislation.

“So our campaign will continue, in fact it will ramp up to get those commitments from those parties.

“And the first priority of the next administration, however that will be made up, is to repeal the legislation and then to engage in a negotiation, a real negotiation, on the issues presented by State pension age in the long term.

“The progressive parties have said that they will legislate to remove the 67 increase, with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have not yet.”

Seán O’Rourke: “Well, effectively, have they not done the same thing by saying they will have a transition payment, equivalent to the pension?”

“No, I have not heard them saying that it is equivalent to what people would receive on the State pension. What I have heard them say is they will continue the transitional arrangement that was there.

“And that represents a gap of €45 in the income of a single person and €76 for a couple between the transition payment and what you would get on a State pension…”

O’Rourke: “I’m just looking at what Fianna Fáil have said. They will pay sums equivalent to the old-age pension to people over 65 in the meantime, pending a review.”

Buckley: “In 2017, there was a Joint Oireachtas committee looking at the issue of the State pension. And there were very prominent members of the Fianna Fáil party, including Willie O’Dea, the pensions spokesperson, on that committee.

“And the committee recommended to the minister, in July 2017, to conduct a review and to not go ahead with 67 as planned.

“That was in July 2017, we’re now in January 2020 and they have not done that. So we have heard this before from Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

“And we need cast-iron guarantees and what people need is that cast-iron guarantee before they go to the polls on the 8th of February.

“People need to know exactly not idle promises, they need definite commitments.”

O’Rourke: “And what about the cost of this? I mean what’s your estimate of the cost?”

Buckley: “Well, the minister’s estimate of the cost, she [Regina Doherty] was, there were parliamentary questions put to the minister Regina Doherty on the 10th, 11th and 12th of December and she said, on the record on the Dáil, that the annual net cost is €217billion a year. Those are the minister’s figures.

“And we accept them.”

O’Rourke: “Yes, but I mean the gross figure is €430million and that’s the basis upon which they must operate. And what you’re saying is the net thing, which I suppose, you know, it allows for what the State would claw back in income tax and so forth.”


Election 2020 leaflet from Age Action.

Via Age Action

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This Saturday, at noon.

Outside the Intreo office on Cork Street in Dublin 8.

People Before Profit’s Bríd Smyth, above right, who’s hoping to retain her Dáil seat in Dublin South Central, will host a protest over the pension age increase.

She writes:

“Next year the age at which a person qualifies for a state pension will increase to 67. Each year’s increase in the pension age costs a worker €12,911 a year.

“So, next year, the Irish state will save €25,822 for every worker in the country. This is a shocking robbery and must be stopped. This is will be one of the highest retirement ages in the developed world.

“People Before Profit TDs want to restore the pension age to 65. We shall try to initiate a major ‘people power’ movement that will seeks to follow the example of French workers and restore an established retirement age.”

Pension protest: Restore the pension age to 65! (Facebook)

Previously: When I’m 65

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