Left parties (AAA-PBP) propose a unity government with Sinn Fein only…

Fascinating twist in Dublin as speculation intensifies over a November election…

TDs Richard Boyd Barrett, Paul Murphy and Ruth Coppinger attended a press conference in a Dublin city centre hotel on Thursday, saying they were preparing for a November election.

The new grouping, to be known as Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit (AAA-PBP) plans to contest 27 constituencies.

Also at the top table at the event were Dublin Councillors Bríd Smith and Gino Kenny, along with Cork Councillor Mick Barry.
Outgoing TD Joe Higgins, who supports the merger, was in the audience.

Mr Boyd Barrett described the development as “hugely significant” and said he was confident it would be greeted with enthusiasm by people who had protested against water charges and other issues.

“Finally they have a political home to which they can look which has a real opportunity to break with the failed austerity policies and the failed political establishment which has brought this country to its knees,” he said.

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  • Kevin Breslin

    Hypothetical … Sinn Féin-Labour form a coalition against Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael, the others and independents split their loyalties (mostly in SF/Lab’s favour) so that these guys hold the balance

    Confidence and Supply?

    Change stripes and accept Labour into the fold?

    Or demand Labour joins the FF-FG coalition to give themselves something to complain about?

  • mjh

    Mick, that headline is totally unjustified. No mention of a governing coalition with SF in either the article or the link.

    Indeed the link story says that the AAA-PBA hope to win 7 seats. So unless somebody believes SF are going to win 77 seats a unity government with them only is a total impossibility.

  • gendjinn

    Someone doesn’t understand the meaning of the term “Unity government”.

  • gendjinn

    How many blogs/comments have we gotten from slugger about Adams’ teddy bear compared to how many references to Cameron’s porcine excursions.

    With that in mind that so many perspectives fall clearly into view.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Snappy Party name! Should have gone to the NI21 boys (boy)….

  • Kevin Breslin

    Well unless they think Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Labour and the Independents are going to merge with Sinn Féin and undo the Civil War and then some.

  • gendjinn

    That’d be some National Emergency to make that happen. The mind doth boggle.

  • Kevin Breslin

    Yip, since Labour Party’s Citizen Army Ancestors had nothing officially to do with either Original Sinn Féin faction.

  • Zeno

    “….the failed political establishment which has brought this country to its knees,” he said.”

    What? Are we not hearing constantly about the economic growth of Ireland and the performance of their exporters,, Software companies, inward investment, high wages?

  • Tochais Siorai

    Ah but what about the DL who threw in their lot with Labour and supplied the two leaders before Joan B?

  • Kevin Breslin

    Yeah that’s more of an adoption lineage thing, but point taken!

  • chrisjones2

    Man that sleep with dog get fleas …. and start to seem a tad desperate!

  • Kevin Breslin

    And if Gerry Carrol takes a Sinn Féin seat, you’re going to be consistent and say sure they’re all the same, all associating with one another anyway?

    Or are you going to go to Tom Elliot levels and say that Sinn Féin supporters are scum and inferring that they will remain scum until they support unionist parties?