Report on AAA public meeting in Cork on 5 March 2015

Report on last Thursday night’s public meeting in Cork city hosted by the Anti-Austerity Alliance/Socialist Party. As an added point of interest relating to the last paragraph, when the Mahon Says No group instigated a countywide discussion of community groups involving groups such as Cobh Says No to Austerity, Ballyphehane/South Parish Says No to Water Charges and many more, the Gurranabraher Says No group which was represented at this meeting opted to desist from any further involvement on the basis that they wished to remain focused on the We Wont Pay campaign. A decision which of course they are entitled to make, but reading the final paragraph in this report would certainly raise a feeling of cynicism.

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AAAmeeting5March2015

Somewhere between 200 and 250 people attended the AAA event “Water, Protests, Elections- Building a New Movement for Working Class People” in Cork on Thursday 5 March 2015. The demographic was tilted towards the over-50s with only a sprinkling of younger faces there to hear Cork councillor Mick Barry and TDs Joe Higgins and Paul Murphy (all members of the SP). I distributed just over 100 copies of the IBT leaflet “No payment! No meters! Abolish the water charges!” at the meeting which saw the AAA gain a good number of new recruits.

Mick and Joe’s presentations overwhelmingly emphasised the electoral side to the AAA’s perspective and were enthusiastic about the potential for electing AAA and other anti-austerity candidates to the Dáil. Paul gave a more rounded presentation about the need to replace capitalism as a system and repeatedly linking this to working class organisation outside the structures of capitalist…

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