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Podemos MP joins Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty at Galway event

6 December, 2016 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson and Donegal TD Pearse Doherty has said progressive political forces need to develop coherent strategies to meet the challenge represented by the rise of the far-right in Europe and elsewhere.

Doherty was speaking in advance of a public meeting  in Galway this week, where he will be joined by a visiting MP from the Spanish left-wing Podemos party.

Mr Doherty and Eduardo Maura will address a public meeting entitled, 'Can this Generation Deliver Change – an Alternative to Trumpism & Neoliberalism', in the Westwood House Hotel, Galway at 8pm this Thursday, 8th December.

Eduardo Maura MP is a leading member of Podemos, spokesperson on Culture and a Political Secretary of the party.

From Bilbao, he has worked as a professor of Philosophy at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid prior to his election to the Spanish parliament.

He is the author of several books on Aesthetics and Political Philosophy.

Speaking today, Pearse Doherty said:

"Many people are concerned at the rise of reactionary politics and the far right across Europe and the wider world.

"The answer to this serious challenge will not be found in the pathetic bleating of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil politicians that ‘the centre must hold’.

“Indeed it is the failure in government of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour, and the failure of their ideological counterparts in other countries, which has led directly to the disillusionment behind the rise of the far right.

“Only a clear and coherent strategy to put the genuine concerns of working people at the centre of political decision making, and which offers the vision of a society based on equality and social solidarity will defeat the reactionaries.

"The entire EU project is in crisis as a result of the untrammelled domination of neo-liberal and austerity policies which have caused so much damage to the economies and social fabric of member states.

"These and other ideas are what will be discussed at Thursday's meeting.

"Like Sinn Féin, Podemos has been offering genuine solutions to the social and economic problems faced by people across Europe as a result of neo-liberalism.

“As well as being a political leader Eduardo is the author of several books on Aesthetics and Political Philosophy and I am delighted that he is in Ireland this week as a guest of Sinn Féin.

"I would encourage as many people as possible from Galway, and indeed further afield to attend if they can. It should be an interesting evening.”

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