Elect a proven fighter for working class people
Mick Barry has an unrivalled record of representing
working class people in Cork North Central. The
Northside needs a campaigner in the Dail with a
proven record, not another politician with a list of false promises.
Mick Barry is a member of the only party which has ruled out propping up Fianna Fail or Fine Gael in government. Mick will live on the average workers' wage and donate the balance of the Dail salary to the Socialist Party and to campaigns by workers and communities. Mick went to jail fighting the bin charges, co-founded the home helps movement that ended low pay for home helps and has organised and led a series of successful housing campaigns. Mick Barry has always been a consistent campaigner for the rights of working class people.
He's doing the business on the Council – Now put him in the Dail!
If elected he will join his Socialist Party colleague Joe Higgins TD in the Dail to provide a real opposition to the right wing parties. Joe Higgins has been a great representative for working class people in the Dail for 10 years. He has lived on the average workers' wage, gone to jail for his opposition to bin charges, led the campaign against exploitation and the race to the bottom at GAMA and been the real leader of the Opposition. Now it is time to put Mick Barry and other Socialist Party TDs into the Dail to join him. In his time as a campaigner and councillor Mick has:
• Went to jail for his opposition to bin charges.
• Co-founded the home helps movement which ended low pay for home helps.
• Has provided a real opposition to the Fianna Fail/Fine Gael/Labour Pact which runs City Hall since his election as a councillor in 2004.
• Has been an organiser of successful housing protests at SunValley Drive, Cushing,and Knocknaheeny.
• Is leading the campaign to improve the No.3 bus service to the Northside.
• Organised the campaign which forced City Manager Joe Gavin to scrap plans to force low income pensioners to pay bin charges in 2007.
• Was Cork co-ordinator of the MIJAG young drivers campaign for fair insurance rates.
After 10 Years of Fianna Fail/PD in government
There is a crisis in our health service with A&E overcrowding, unacceptable waiting lists and a lack of health service facilities on the Northside.
Working people are being priced out of the housing market or saddled with huge mortgages with average house prices hitting €350,000 in Cork city last year. There are more than 1700 on the city’s affordable housing waiting lists and more than 6600 on the city’s social housing waiting lists.
There is a "race to the bottom" with workers being forced to work longer for less as seen at Irish Ferries, GAMA, the Cork construction industry and Aer Lingus. The cost of living is increasing with massive hikes in mortgage repayments, ESB and gas bills, and €400+ bin charges while pay rises are below inflation.
there is real concern that an end to the boom years may be on the way and that working class people will be asked to carry the can as seen with the job losses at Motorola, Pfizers and Bourns.
All of these problems are no accident - they are the consequence of decisions by politicians who place profit before the interests of working class people. If you believe there is a need for a real opposition to the policies of this Government and the ineffectiveness of the opposition, vote No.1 Mick Barry. Mick Barry will use the Dail as a platform to continue to organise people in the communities and the workplaces to fight for real change.