Eirígí lends support to Newry Public workers strike

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Friday, December 2nd, 2011
On Wednesday 30th Novemeber éirígí members in Newry took to the streets with thousands of people in a display of support and solidarity with the working class. The rally assembled at Daisy Hill hospital and marched through the city centre to the City Hall. Colourful flags and banners belonging to the various unions were prominent throughout the route along with éirígí flags and their “Stormont Isn’t Working” banner. In an unrelated incident it was stated by éirígí that three of their members had been stopped and searched by the PSNI the previous evening while they were in the centre of Newry putting stickers up regarding the cuts on public services. The reason given for this stop and search was “due to the increased terrorist threat in this area”, according to the local éirígí spokesman. Speaking after the rally éirígí’s Stephen Murney said, “The sentiments expressed here today are correct. The Stormont politicians cannot ride two horses at once. They have picked which side they are on. They are on the side of the enemy of the working class and should be treated as such. éirígí are of the opinion that Stormont is unsustainable and the continued onslaught on public services is evidence of them dancing to the Tory tune and embracing, what can only be described as, Thatcherite politics with their constant attacks on the working class and our communities. Thatcherism, a theory that amounts to nothing less than social and economic vandalism, is alive and well in the halls of power.” Stephen added, “These attacks on public services is yet another example of how Stormont isn’t working, along with fuel poverty, unemployment, health cuts and benefits cuts all of which are implemented at the behest of the British Tory government. The increasingly obvious signal is that a new political, economic and social order is required right across Ireland to bring radical, meaningful and effective improvement to the lives of working class people. Stormont is a clear impediment to that.”
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