17 February 2016
By Elaine Murphy
Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy arrives in Cork today to support the campaign for a radical left-wing breakthrough in Cork North Central with Cllr Mick Barry and to boost the AAA campaigns in Cork South Central and Cork East.
His arrival coincides with the release of a new Red C/Newstalk poll which chimes strongly with the AAA criticism of Government economic policy – it shows 80% feeling that the recovery is 2-tier and a clear majority (56%) expressing the view that they have not benefitted from the upturn.
Paul Murphy will visit anti-water meter blockades in the Dublin Hill/Ballyvolane area around midday before speaking to a press conference hosted by Cllr Mick Barry in the Maldron Hotel, Shandon this afternoon (2pm).
Paul Murphy is awaiting trial for his part in the anti-water charges protest in Jobstown, Tallaght in 2014 which saw Labour leader Joan Burton blockaded in her car for approximately 2 hours. Anti water charges campaigners believe Paul Murphy and more than 25 others facing trial have been unfairly targetted by the establishment for a peaceful protest.
Meanwhile, commenting on the Red C poll this morning Cllr Barry said: “It’s no surprise at all that Fine Gael are tumbling in the polls when four voters out of five believe the recovery is 2-tier and a clear majority feel that they have not benefitted from it. A recovery which includes a housing crisis, water charges and so much low pay is a joyless recovery for hundreds of thousands of ordinary people and will trigger big political changes when people go to the polls next week.”