United Left candidate launches campaign
SEAMUS O'BRIEN OUTLINES POLICIES
WEXFORD'S United Left Alliance (ULA) candidate Seamus O'Brien launched his General Election campaign in Wexford Arts Centre on Friday night.
Mr O'Brien, a New Ross resident, spoke before a crowd of about 50 people whom he told that the ULA offer ' the only real alternative' in the upcoming election.
During his speech, Mr O'Brien, who works an orderly at Wexford General Hospital (where he is SIPTU shop steward), strongly criticised Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Féin, as well as SIPTU, ICTU and the HSE.
' The only alternative as I see it and the reason I'm standing in this election is the United Left Alliance,' said Mr O'Brien. ' This is a grassroots movement of principled left wing activists.'
Mr O'Brien pointed out that all ULA candidates have pledged not to support any form of government led by Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael, while any of them elected will also only accept the average industrial wage and use the rest of the money for campaigns led by 'workers, the unemployed, students and pensioners'.
He pointed to the Wexford campaigns to protect the hospital from downgrading and the opposition to the proposed Oylegate-Rosslare motorway as examples of two such campaigns. Mr O'Brien said that Fianna Fail will not offer any credible opposition to a new government due to the huge mess they are leaving behind.
He said that, if elected, he would use the Dáil platform to oppose the IMF/EU bailout and 'oppose every cut that affects working class people'.