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.”Follow TheCork.ie (The Online Newspaper for Cork, Ireland) on social media