Left alliance to run 13 candidates
The left-wing People Before Profit Alliance is to run 13 candidates for the local elections including the narrowly defeated 2007 general election contender Richard Boyd Barrett.
The alliance which includes socialists, environmentalists and union and community activists, is calling on the electorate to “punish” the Government for having “wrecked” the country.
“Now they want us to pay the price for their mess. Hundreds of thousands now languish on dole queues, workers are to have their incomes slashed and most disgustingly of all, pensioners, children and the very poorest are under attack,” said Mr Barrett, who is running in Dún Laoghaire.
He claimed the Green Party had abandoned its political principles for power.
“Fianna Fáil and the Greens must be driven from office and face political extinction,” he said.
While Mr Barrett is a well-known name, having polled well in the last general election and run several high profile campaigns in Dún Laoghaire including the Save Our Seafront campaign, most of the others are relatively unknown.
The most prominent of the other 13 candidates are Joan Collins, a sitting Dublin city councillor running in the Crumlin Kimmage Ward who was elected as an independent in 2004 on an anti bin tax platform and Donie Fell who is well known where he is running in Waterford city, as an former Waterford Crystal worker and shop steward.
The majority of the remaining candidates are running in Dublin. In Dublin city Colm Stephens is running in the North Inner City ward, Bryce Evans in Pembroke Rathmines, Bríd Smith in Ballyfermot Drimnagh, Tina Mac Veigh in the South West Inner City, and Martin O’Sullivan in Artane-Whitehall.
In South Dublin Pat Dunne is running in Tallaght Central and Gino Kenny in Clondalkin. Hughie Lewis joins Mr Boyd Barrett in Dun Laoghaire running in the Ballybrack ward.
Outside Dublin Sid Smith is running in the West Ward for Dundalk Town Council and Seán Moraghan is running for Tralee Town Council.