Saturday, July 19, 2008

Talks in progress on forming new Irish left party

DISCUSSIONS AIMED at forming a new and united left-wing political party in Ireland are "ongoing" and such a group may be assembled in time to contest next year's local and European elections, a prominent left-wing activist has said.

Richard Boyd Barrett of the People Before Profit Alliance said the success of a broad coalition of left, anti-war and trade union movements in securing a No vote in the Lisbon Treaty referendum highlighted the potential for an established left movement, and he is working to form a new left choice for Irish voters.

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