Left-wing parties merge ahead of vote

A left-wing merger between the Anti Austerity Alliance and People Before Profit has created the newest force in Irish politics.

With the looming general election in mind, the groups want to maximise their presence in the next Dáil to better their chances of speaking time.

AAA and PBP contacted the Registrar of Political Parties to formally establish ‘Anti Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit’.

The set-up boasts four TDs: Richard Boyd Barrett, Paul Murphy, Joe Higgins, and Ruth Coppinger.

The new grouping has a strong base in local government with a combined number of 28 councillors.

In a joint statement, the four TDs said: “With the backdrop of a radicalisation in Irish society, a growing rejection of the traditional establishment parties and, in particular, the active movement against water charges, the left can make gains in the upcoming general election.”

The group is standing on the platform of abolishing water charges, and getting rid of USC for low and middle income groups.

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