Anti-Austerity Alliance

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Anti-Austerity Alliance
Founded 2014 (2014)
Ideology Anti-capitalism
Left-wing populism
Political position Left-wing to Far-left
National affiliation Anti-Austerity Alliance–People Before Profit
Dáil Éireann
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Local government in the Republic of Ireland
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The Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA or Triple A) is a broadly anti-capitalist unregistered political party in Ireland, launched in 2014.[1][2] It has been registered as a political party to contest local elections,[3] and ran at least forty candidates in the 2014 Irish local elections.[4] This included all of the Socialist Party's sitting councillors, which has led to criticism that the AAA is a front organisation for the Socialist Party.[5]

The party contested the 2014 local elections on a platform of job creation. On 8 April 2014, it launched a plan to create 150,000 jobs across Ireland by replacing the controversial JobBridge and Gateway initiatives with a "real jobs programme of public works, free education and genuine training schemes".[6]

Paul Murphy was elected to Dáil Éireann for Dublin South-West under the Anti-Austerity Alliance banner at a by-election in October 2014. It also contested the Carlow–Kilkenny by-election in May 2015. The AAA candidate in that by-election Conor MacLiam, also of the Socialist Party. MacLiam polled 2,194 first preference votes (3.3% of the total) and came ninth out of 13 candidates.[7]

On 7 August 2015, the party was removed from the Register of Political Parties.[8] It held discussions in August 2015 with the People Before Profit Alliance about forming a new political grouping.[9] On 17 September 2015, the two parties announced that they had formally registered as a single political party for electoral purposes.[10] The new organisation is called the Anti-Austerity Alliance–People Before Profit.

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