22 February 2016
By David O’Sullivan
Anti Austerity Alliance candidate for Cork North Central Mick Barry said this morning that weekend opinion polls showed that the radical Left can win a record number of TDs positions in the next Dail and replace the Labour Party with a new Left that will not sell out.
His comments came as this morning’s Irish Times/MRBI poll put Labour on 6% following a series of weekend polls which all showed Labour in a weakened position and one of which put Labour on a mere 4%.
That particular poll (Sunday Times/Behaviour and Attitudes) put the Anti Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit ahead of the Labour Party on 5% – the first time in the history of the State that the Labour Party have been outpolled by the radical Left.
Here in Cork North Central Labour would be unable to hold a seat on these polling figures and the Anti Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit could be set to make a breakthrough with Cllr Mick Barry.
Should Cllr Barry take a Dail seat in Cork North Central it would be the first time in the history of the State for the radical Left to win a seat in a Cork city constituency.
Cllr Barry said this morning: “As the campaign draws closer towards polling day it is becoming increasingly clear that the radical Left can replace the Labour Party in the next Dail and provide the country with a new Left that will not sell out. The leadership role provided by the radical Left in the anti water charges movement has given us a new credibility and there is now a real possibility of a record number of radical left-wing TDs in the next Dail.”