Ard Fheis 2015 – A Fair Recovery- Cllr Eoin Ó Broin
Eoin Ó Broin of Dublin Mid-West Sinn Féin spoke in favour of a fair recovery and a better Ireland.
“Speaking last November at a Sinn Féin Conference in Clondalkin Gerry Adams called for a ‘realignment of Irish politics’.
He said, ‘Let those on
the left who really believe that a government without Fine Gael or Fianna Fail
is possible, begin working now together towards that end.’
In the months that followed a broad left alliance of trade unions, community groups, political parties and citizens have marched against austerity.
This mobilisation of hundreds of thousands of people under the banner of Right2Water coupled with the rise of anti-austerity parties in Greece and Spain has given birth to a new optimism.
Sensing this change SIPTU President Jack O’Connor in January called for social democrats, left republicans and independent socialists ‘to set aside sectarian divisions and develop a political project aimed at winning the next general election on a common platform.’
The five trade unions at the heart of the Right2Water campaign (Unite, Mandate, CPSU, OPATSI & CWC) issued a separate call for a ‘Platform for Renewal’ setting out the ‘core principles’ that a ‘progressive government will be expected to deliver in the next Dáil.’
On May Day Right2Water are hoping to bring trade unions, individuals, political parties and independents, NGOs, academics, representatives of the not-for-profit sector and community activists to shape this Platform for Renewal.
Never has there been a better time for building common ground between all sections of Irish society who believe in a better, fairer way.
But the time for slogans has long past. As Pearse Doherty said we need to set out a progressive alternative model of social and economic development.
We need to convince a majority of the people to support our vision for a better, fairer Ireland.
And then we need to ensure that they remain mobilised and critically engaged with a new left government to ensure that it keeps its promises.
It is time for the Irish left to build common ground.”