THE Labour Party’s conference at Carton on12 September was picketed by protesters, of a number of different kinds.
One group, an offshoot of the Campaign Against Household charges, including People for Profit, held up placards against protesting against household charges and the ambulance service cuts in north Kildare. It hit out at Labour’s role in coalition government.
The group, issued a letter to Kildare North TD, Emmet Stagg and Ministers of State, Roisin Shorthall and Kathleen Lynch, and to the media said that the Labour Party was “founded on the principal of speaking out and demanding a fairer society for the ordinary working man and woman of Ireland.”
It said that “many trusted you with out vote on polling day only to be bitterly disappointed by your complete turnaround from the great party you once were”.
It hoped Labour “would control the right wing ethos of the Fine Gael party” but “alas we were mistaken.”
The letter said ambulances are not operating from Maynooth on Thursdays and that that the response times to someone having a heart attack in north Kildare on a Thursday will be longer. “The priority of the HSE should be in improving the response time, not increasing it.”
The letter said that the national has recapitalised its banks to the tune of € €64.1 billion equivalent to € €14,000 per man, woman and child, and Labour should stop paying the “gambling debts of bankers and investors.”
It said “it is time to create an equitable tax system in this country with the wealthy paying their fair share to balance any remaining shortfall in our country’s shortfall.”
Concluding its said: “Today we stand outside the grounds of this beautiful hotel. We are not enjoying the luxurious surroundings as you are yourselves but we are standing in our beautiful north Kildare. We are standing together, standing by each other and standing for each other, not financial institutions. We may appear as a mob to you but as your found father, James Connolly, said: ‘In the course of that upward march the mob has transformed and humanised the world.’
- Henry Bauress