“It’s a victory for them all” Coventry Socialist Party members celebrate referendum result in Ireland

“It’s a victory for them all”

Coventry Socialist Party members celebrate referendum result in Ireland

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Women across the world are celebrating what looks set to be a massive victory for the campaign to repeal the 8th amendment of the Irish constitution. This is a stunning result for the socialist movement, and all those interested in advancing our rights. The Socialist Party in Ireland – with Rosa, the Socialist Feminist Movement, have played a leading role in the campaign. We spoke to two socialist women trade unionists (in a personal capacity) in Coventry to get their reaction.

Nicky, a leading activist for the National Education Union stated

“So proud of our sisters in ROSA and comrades in Socialist Party Ireland. This historic victory will be remembered for changing the lives of women faced with agonising choices. No longer will women have to leave the country in shame for an abortion or have illegal unsafe abortions. The YES campaign has shown how far behind the church and state is from the beliefs of most Irish men and women. It’s a victory for them all.”

Meanwhile Helen, a UNISON shop steward, explained

“The landslide victory for the Yes campaign in Ireland is a huge step forward, not just for those who campaigned and voted, but for future generations of women and girls.

No longer will pregnancy mean that the life of the woman becomes of secondary importance to a foetus that in some case is not even viable.

No longer will women have to go to extraordinary lengths to get the abortion they need.

No longer will women be denied appropriate medical treatment when their health is at risk.

No longer will women have to forgo after care and counselling following an abortion. A future where Ireland’s mothers, grandmothers, wives, partners, sisters and daughters can be properly cared for will be a better Ireland for all. Congratulations to ROSA and the Socialist Party for a very determined and positive campaign.”

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Coventry Socialists welcome advances for the Socialist Left in Irish elections

Coventry Socialists welcome advances for the Socialist Left in Irish elections

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Ruth Coppinger was re-elected as a TD for Dublin West

Coventry Socialist Party send warm congratulations and solidarity to socialist and anti austerity campaigners in Ireland who have made fantastic gains in the General Election.

Though it has been completely ignored so far by news outlets such as the BBC, the Left has performed extremely well.

We are extremely proud to announce that the Socialist Party in Ireland, as part of the Anti Austerity Alliance (AAA) has won a fantastic 3 TDs (MPs) in the Dail (Irish Parliament). Paul Murphy and Ruth Coppinger were re-elected in Dublin and in a superb breakthrough Mick Barry was elected in Cork.  In Dublin West Ruth came second (it is a multi member constituency) with Joan Burton of the Labour Party only just scraping in to fourth place.

Over 100 people in Coventry heard Ruth speak at our election rally for TUSC last year and was warmly received by all of those who attended.

We would also like to pay tribute to comrade Joe Higgins, who has visited Coventry in recent years to support our election campaigns here. Joe stood down at this election and his record as a Marxist in the Irish and Euro Parliament fighting for the rights and interests of working class people is unsurpassed.

The AAA also ran strong campaigns in many other areas such as Limerick, where we only narrowly lost out on more MPs. The People Before Profit Alliance which ran on a joint ticket with the AAA has also won at least 2 seats.

What these election results show is that pro-establishment, business as usual, pro capitalist politics is in crisis. It also shows that Socialist and anti austerity ideas, backed up with decades of campaigning and organising in the interests of ordinary people can win support.

We are proud of the role that our brothers and sisters in the Socialist Party in Ireland are playing and the results this weekend. Moreover, with our comrades organised in the Committee for a Workers’ International in 50 countries across the world, we look forward with confidence to stepping up the fight for socialist policies in answer to the capitalist crisis.

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