IRELAND’S newest political force will hold its Cork launch this week. The United Left Alliance (ULA) – an alliance between the Socialist Party, the People Before Profit Alliance and the Tipperary-based Workers and Unemployed Action Group is launching on Leeside this Wednesday with a public meeting in the Metropole Hotel at 7.30pm.
The launch meeting is titled “The Left Alternative to the Cuts, Unemployment and the IMF” and will be addressed by Socialist Party MEP Joe Higgins, Cllr Richard Boyd Barrett of the People Before Profit Alliance, Cllr Seamus Healy of the Workers and Unemployed Action Group, Cllr Mick Barry of the Socialist Party and People Before Profit’s Anne Foley.
The Alliance is planning to run more than 20 candidates nationwide including at least two candidates in the Cork area with Cllr Barry standing in Cork North Central and Ms Foley challenging in Cork North West.
The Alliance stands for state investment to provide jobs, tax increases on the wealthy, democratic public ownership of the banks and key industries and opposition to cuts, the bank bailouts and the IMF deal. A full list of ULA policies can be viewed at www.unitedleftalliance.org.
The Alliance is committed to providing independent working class representation in the next Dáil and has ruled out any deals with Fianna Fail or Fine Gael.
With the latest opinion polls recording increased support in the Independents/Others category, the ULA aims to win a minimum of 6 seats in the next Dáil with Joe Higgins (Dublin West), Richard Boyd Barrett (Dun Laoghaire), Seamus Healy (Tipperary South), Mick Barry (Cork North Central), Clare Daly (Dublin North) and Joan Collins (Dublin South Central) all considered serious contenders for seats.
All members of the public are invited to attend Wednesday’s launch.