Austerity protest group to contest seats in local elections

A new group called the Anti Austerity Alliance has announced plans to contest up to 40 local authority seats across the country next May, targeting three in Cork City.

The group is made up of campaigners who fought the household charge and property tax in recent years.

Some are members of political parties but others, including those lined up to contest local authority seats, are not affiliated to any party.

The three Cork candidates are sitting Socialist Party Cllr Mick Barry, Lil O’Donnell, who will contest a seat in the North Central ward, and Marion O’Sullivan, who will stand in the North West.

Mr Barry topped the poll in the North Central ward in 2004 and 2009. Ms O’Donnell is a community activist from Blarney St who is employed by the HSE as a home help.

Ms O’Sullivan is a community activist from Holyhill and a member of the Socialist Party.

The alliance is campaigning on a 10-point programme which includes opposition to council cuts, opposition to privatisation, abolition of property tax and water tax, introduction of a wealth tax and a massive programme of public investment to create jobs.

A spokesperson said the alliance will target seats held by what he called “austerity parties” — Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour. He said if elected, alliance candidates will not do deals with the austerity parties and will not take part in council junkets.


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