1pm Wednesday 14th September,
(for the return of the Dáil)
End the Rip-Off!
Economic Justice is a Civil Rights issue.
This is more obvious as we witness the attack on living standards and the RIP-OFF of our resources. This crisis is due to the mismanagement of the Irish economy by political parties and a fake opposition.
TDs can have a Pay rise but working people get wage Cuts and higher prices.
We are calling for people to attend this peaceful, inclusive assembly and exercise their democratic right to protest without any party political baggage.
Our taxes do not provide for us the basic social care the people pay for.
Our Health service is run down, our homeless crisis is manufactured to profit private landlords with exorbitant rents, while people with Mortgages are struggling to meet the cost of living in the midst of interest rate hikes.
Our energy generating infrastructure has been scaled back in capacity and hiked up in cost by government policy while energy companies record huge profits.
Our only conclusion is that people do not matter in a neoliberal economy or to the elites inside the Irish Government.
We believe the welfare and living standards of all people in Ireland is the primary responsibility of those in government and we must push back in search of social justice.
We have long lost faith in the potential for change coming from the career politicians (with only a few exceptions) who are the architects of inequality in Ireland. This is why a People's led initiative must be formed.
We stand for economic Justice for all people regardless of background.
We believe in equality for all and reject the divisive tactics which continuously attempt to pit ordinary working people against one another by means of religion, race, gender sexual preference, medical choices or any other means.
We seek the unity of all people and call for people to come and support this initiative. It's vital that ordinary people lead the push back and reject the extremist narratives who seek scapegoats at every turn.
We seek to fill the vacuum which inevitably emerges when hopelessness is felt in the established political system and prevent the growth of sentiment which seeks to blame our issues on minorities further sowing working class division.
⏯Pádraig O Maonaigh is a social justice activist.