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Clare Daly TD today confirmed her resignation from the Socialist Party as of Friday 31st August.

“I can confirm that yesterday I resigned from the Socialist Party and redesignate myself as a United Left Alliance (ULA) TD. I believe it is time to prioritise the building of the ULA. The success of the Household Tax Campaign and the prospect of an intensification of vicious attacks on working people in the next budget makes the building of an alternative political force, that can present a real challenge to the establishment parties, an urgent priority”

Unfortunately the potential of the ULA has not been fully realised and it is now time that the component organisations prioritised the building of the ULA.

I note with some regret the inaccurate content of the Socialist Party statement issued today. I have no intention of engaging in a public war of words with the Socialist Party leadership. I am proud of my record as a Socialist Party activist and public representative, as a shop steward representing Aer Lingus workers and a campaigner with people across Dublin North and beyond.

I will continue with the same intensity and passion to represent and fight on behalf of working people inside and out of the Dail. I will be judged on my record over twenty five years and my future record.

I have the highest of regard for the members of the Socialist Party especially those past and present who worked tirelessly with me on numerous campaigns over the last 25 years. I hope to maintain good working relations with Socialist Party members and look forward to working together as ULA members.

I will be working closely with those who have made a priority of building the ULA and offer my support and assistance to branches and members in developing the ULA nationally. I hope to see a large number of ULA candidates running in the local elections.

I will also continue to support all those fighting austerity. A real movement of people power needs to be built to stop the wave of attacks on ordinary working people.”

Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Environment

Responding to leaked e mail correspondence between Waterways Ireland and Developer Ian Brabazon regarding the latters intentions to develop Lowtown Marina in Naas Clare Daly TD said:

“It would appear from this correspondence that the publicity arising from the active opposition of current long time residents of the marina (see press statement below from last March) delayed the efforts of Waterways Ireland to drive these people out.

“The informality and cosiness in the correspondence between a Waterways Ireland official and developer Ian Brabazon is disturbing and in stark contrast to the near complete lack of engagement by Waterways Ireland and the residents at the Marina and likewise their refusal to talk to my office about this case.

“The rights of the current residents are paramount and the efforts by the developer and Waterways Ireland to turn this Marina into a playground for the rich should be opposed.”

see also March 20th 2012 Lowtown Marina, Naas – barge dweller evictions

Environment

Scale of problem seriously underestimated and recommended response too piecemeal and slow

Report lets current and past governments off the hook

Responding to the publication of the government commissioned report on Pyrite Socialist Party representatives Clare Daly TD and Councillor Ruth Coppinger who have been active on the issue in their areas alongside residents organised in the Pyrite Action Group commented:

Clare Daly said:

“It is a shame that this report is coming out at a juncture where time won’t be made available to debate its findings in the Dáil because there is a lot I and others who have campaigned on this issue have to say. The acknowledgement by the report that the building industry bears responsibility for the pyrite scandal is indisputable. However its claim that the governments past and present do not have any responsibility is simply not the case.

“Successive governments stood over a system of lax building regulations leaving the industry to regulate itself. The catastrophic affects of heave inducing pyrite have been known since the mid 1970s.

“That up to 60,000 houses, considerably more than the 12,000 estimate in the report, spread across scores of housing estates in Leinster could have been built with this material in the foundations represents a gross dereliction by the state.”

Ruth Coppinger said:

“The fact the government commissioned this report and have to been seen to be doing something about the pyrite problem is a testament to the organisation and determination of the householders affected, spearheaded by the Pyrite Action Group who have put ceaseless pressure on the political establishment and representatives of the building industry whose own response has been scandalous.

“The scale of immediate remediation proposed, while welcome for the 850 householders affected is completely inadequate. The piecemeal rate of repairs implied in the report leaves tens of thousands of households have to endure this ordeal for years to come. A system of levying the industry is just too gradual.

“We say that the government should front the funds required for a rapid and extensive remediation programme. The workers and materials required to make this happen are available. The state should then seize the assets of all the quarrying, building supplies and construction companies responsible in order to recoup the funds required for this.

“Anything short of this is an injustice to tens of thousands of predominantly young couples and families who on this any many other instances bear the burden of the economic crisis. I am sure Pyrite Action will be stepping up it campaign in response to this report.

Worker's Rights

Press statement: Clare Daly TD (Socialist Party)

“Bar workers employed by the multinational catering giant SSP in Dublin Airport are rightly determined to fight to save the jobs they have being doing for decades in many cases.

“SSP, after winning a tendering process last February overseen by the DAA paid lip service to Transfer of Undertaking laws and proceeded to try force wage costs down in the most crude of manners which I have detailed in previous statements.

“At this point in time some six bar staff have been selected, unfairly in my view, for redundancy and are pursuing an internal appeals mechanism within SSP overseen from the UK. Those that have not been selected for redundancy are being put on a four week ‘trial’ and are being told that if they are not sacked at the end of that period they may continue their job at €9.40 per hour, a pay cut in the order of 37%.

“Rather than responding to the mood for a ballot for industrial action the SIPTU official locally has mistakenly bought into the redundancies as a done deal and has engaged in a process of negotiating redundancy terms. This fatalistic approach by SIPTU of not fighting to save jobs has got to stop. The workers have taken the unprecedented step of addressing themselves in an open letter to Jack O’Connor, General President of SIPTU insisting that a ballot be conducted as a last throw of the dice to save their jobs.

“I salute their couragious stand. I think it will resonate with working people and the unemployed up and down the country were it not for the media disinterest to date. A successful ballot and action might change that.”