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Press Statement issued by Socialist Party TDs Joe Higgins and Clare Daly, People Before Profit Alliance TDs Joan Collins and Richard Boyd Barrett
Scurrilous attempt to smear Socialist Party and People Before Profit Alliance TDs calculated to undermine principled opposition to Bank bailout/Austerity agenda
Mountain of public funding to establishment political parties dwarfs funds to left parties
The smear campaign orchestrated by Independent Newspapers against the Socialist Party and People Before Profit Alliance TDs is cynically calculated to try and undermine effective and principled opposition to the disastrous austerity agenda implemented to bail out the speculators and bankers who gambled and lost in the property bubble which they created.
It is scurrilous and underhanded to suggest some kind of impropriety in using a Dail travel allowance to travel around the country addressing mass meetings and rallies against the Household Tax or indeed any other issue.
Statutory Instrument 84/2010 refers clearly to a travel allowance that is to be used for ‘travel expenses which the member is obliged to incur in the performance of his or her duties as a member of Dáil Eireann.’ It is our duty to campaign for ordinary working class people against the baleful hardship imposed by the destructive austerity agenda.  But there is a blatant attempt to try and smear those TDs who are to the fore in the fight against this.
Massive public funding of Establishment parties ignored in smear campaign against the Left
In creating an artificial and manufactured controversy about using part of a travel allowance to fight the austerity agenda, Independent Newspapers conveniently overlooks the massive public funding of the pro-austerity political parties.  Under two headings: Party Leaders Allowance and Exchequer funding of Parties based on their first preference vote in the General Election over a 2% threshold: In 2011 Fine Gael received €4.57 million; Fianna Fail received €3.38 million; The Labour Party received €2.67 million; The Socialist Party and PBPA received €120,903 each which was audited and accounted for.
Among the uses for which the major parties can use their public funding for is ‘co-ordination of the activities and members of the party’. In essence their officers and organisers can travel the country to build their parties on public funding.

Public Funding of Registered Political Parties in 2011

Party Leader’s Allowance

First Pref Vote Payment

Total 2011

Fine Gael

€2,579,030

€1,996,638

€4,575,668

Labour

€1,634,607

€1,036,050

€2,670,657

Fianna Fáil

€1,746,501

€1,635,708

€3,382,209

 

le=”MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;”>Green Party

€75,583

€151,291

€226,874

Sinn Féin

€933,875

€629,275

€1,563,150

The Socialist Party

€120,903

nil

€120,903

People Before Profit Alliance

€120,903

nil

€120,903