People Before Profit Alliance
|People Before Profit Alliance|
|Headquarters||26 Elmwood Avenue,
Ranelagh, Dublin 6
|National affiliation||United Left Alliance|
|Local government in the Republic of Ireland|
|Politics of the Republic of Ireland
Politics of Northern Ireland
It was established by the Socialist Workers Party, the Community & Workers Action Group of south Dublin (CWAG) joined the Alliance in 2007 and brought along the party's first elected representative—Joan Collins, anti-bin tax campaigner and former member of the Socialist Party. At present, it is a broad left alliance that seeks to gather support against neoliberalism, war, and pursues other left-wing issues, but does not require members to be Marxists or to subscribe to a revolutionary socialist programme.
Republic of Ireland
The Alliance contested several constituencies in the 2007 general election, polling around 9,000 first preferences, with Richard Boyd Barrett—a member of the Socialist Workers Party and the candidate in the Dun Laoghaire constituency—missing a seat on the 10th and final count by 7,890 votes to 9,910. A small number of the Alliance's 2007 general election candidates previously ran as SWP candidates: these include Gino Kenny, Brid Smith and Richard Boyd Barrett.
In the Republic's 2009 local elections the Alliance ran twelve candidates, including ten in County Dublin. The Alliance secured five seats in three of Dublin's four councils. As well as ten members of the SWP, the Alliance ran Joan Collins and Pat Dunne of the CWAG in Dublin, and Donnie Fell (a former Waterford Crystal worker and trade union representative) in Waterford.
In the Republic's 2011 general election, both Richard Boyd Barrett and Joan Collins were elected to Dáil Éireann as TDs (deputies), running under a joint People Before Profit and United Left Alliance banner. The average expenses claim by a People Before Profit Alliance TD between the February 2011 general election and the last day of December 2011 was €31,866. This compared favourably to an average of €47,115 per Fianna Fáil TD, an average of €44,153 per Sinn Féin TD, €40,713 per Independent TD and €36,412 for Fine Gael, the party with the most TDs following that election.
People Before Profit unsuccessfully ran one candidate, Sean Mitchell, in the 2007 Northern Ireland Assembly election, polling 774 first preferences in the Belfast West constituency. He successfully gained the right to stand in an election by threatening to take the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Peter Hain, to court if the legal loophole preventing him from doing so was enforced. (England, Scotland and Wales had secured the right to contest candidates under the age of 20, providing they were over 18, for constituencies for devolved government, whereas Northern Ireland had been simply excluded).
The Alliance ran four candidates in the Northern Ireland Assembly election of May 2011, winning 5,438 first-preference votes between them but no seats in the new Assembly. Its most successful candidate in this election was Eamonn McCann, who won 3,120 first-preference votes, or 8% of the total, in Foyle.
In the June 2011 Belfast West by-election, Gerry Carroll won 1,751 votes (7.6%), coming in third place and ahead of both unionist candidates.
- Melisa Halpin – Dún Laoghaire, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (co-opted in place of Richard Boyd Barrett on his election to the Dáil)
- Hugh Lewis – Ballybrack, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
- Gino Kenny – Clondalkin, South Dublin County Council
- Brid Smith – Ballyfermot-Drimnagh, Dublin City Council
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