The Fight Back!

Smash the NAMA Republic!

Bank Bailout to State Bailout

On the morning of September 28th 2008 the Dublin government caused European-wide panic when it announced its intention to underwrite the liabilities of the private banking sector. Despite all of the evidence to the contrary the then Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan, later claimed that it "was the cheapest bailout in the world so far".

Just two years later, in November 2010, the fallacy of Lenihan's words was sorely exposed when the Dublin government was forced to accept a bailout of its own. On this occasion no amount of bluster from government ministers could downplay the significance of the Troika of the European Union, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund taking effective control of the Twenty-Six County state.

Right-Wing Take Advantage of the Crisis

Right-wingers have long understood the opportunities that present themselves during periods of deep economic and political crisis. They understand that people who are in shock are easier to manipulate; that people who are afraid are less likely to fight back; that people who are desperate are willing to accept help from wherever it comes. In short they understand that they can use a crisis to force through right-wing policies that would be soundly rejected during periods of non-crisis.

And so, like circling vultures, they wait for a crisis before offering their poisoned ‘help’. In Pinochet’s military dictatorship of Chile in the 1970s, in the chaos of post-soviet Russia in the 1990s and in the aftermath of the collapse of the Celtic Tiger the IMF and their allies were only too willing to offer their ‘help’, albeit with plenty of strings attached.

A Right-Wing Revolution

In return for their ‘help’ the Troika, with the full support of the gombeen men in Leinster House, are now rolling out a right-wing revolution – a revolution which will fundamentally alter the shape of the economy, the government and society for generations to come. The targets of this revolution are clear. Vital public services like healthcare, education, social welfare and housing, public sector workers, the organised labour movement as well as publicly owned companies and natural resources are all now in the firing line of the Troika.

Mary HarneyIf the Troika and their Irish quislings succeed with their revolution the people will end up as nothing more than beggars in their own country, never more than one pay cheque away from the poor-house. Make no mistake about it, if the right-wing revolution triumphs the average citizen will end up working longer hours, in poorer working conditions and for less money – that is if they can get work in the first place!

And with their reduced wages they will be forced to buy virtually everything from the private sector. Healthcare, education, housing and even water will become products to be bought and sold on the ‘free’ market. Those who cannot afford to pay the price will just have to go without. That is the post-Troika future that awaits those living in the Twenty-Six Counties.

Towards a Socialist Republic!

The solution to the current crisis will not come from any of the existing mainstream political parties. In Leinster House and in Stormont Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Féin have all shown themselves as willing stooges of the super-rich, happily trading the people’s wealth, rights and services in exchange for their own generous wages, expenses and pensions.

And the solution will not come from tinkering with the current capitalist model. Since the partition of Ireland the Twenty-Six Counties has loyally followed the capitalist doctrine, and for what reward? Nine decades of high unemployment, emigration and poverty punctuated by a couple of short periods of economic ‘boom’. Nine decades of political corruption, inequality and discrimination. Nine decades of the state being run in the interest of the vested interests and the super-rich.

No, the solution to the current crisis will only come from the people themselves taking direct control of their own futures, to create an Ireland where the wealth and wealth-producing resources of the country are brought into collective ownership, to be used for the benefit of all. In short we need to reclaim our country through the creation of a Thirty-Two County Democratic Socialist Republic.

The Fight Back!

Before the people of Ireland can hope to create that new Irish Republic they must first stop the right-wing revolution in its tracks. And that can only be done through the creation of an all-Ireland resistance movement which is focused on halting and reversing the austerity programmes of the Leinster House, Stormont and Westminster administrations.

In the Twenty-Six Counties éirígí is at the forefront of the emergent anti-austerity movement. Through broad fronts like the ‘Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes’ and the ‘Campaign for a Social Europe’ éirígí is working with other like-minded individuals and organisations to mobilise popular opposition to the draconian agenda of the Troika and the Dublin government.

And through éirígí’s own ‘The Fight Back!’ campaign éirígí activists have successfully highlighted and challenged the injustices perpetrated by the Dublin government. ‘The Fight Back’ campaign incorporates many types of political activism including:

  • The mass production and distribution of leaflets, newsletters, stickers, banners etc
  • Protests, pickets, rallies, public meetings etc
  • Direct actions
  • Engagement with the private media
  • Web and social media based activism

Taken together these activities have made a valuable contribution in raising public awareness and bringing ever greater numbers of people into the arena of active struggle. Some examples of 'The Fight Back!' activism to date include:

  • The distribution of hundreds of thousands of leaflets, newsletters, stickers and posters, many of which can be viewed here
  • Protesting the presence of the EU/ECB/IMF ‘troika’ overseeing the implementation of severe austerity measures – Click here for more
  • The occupation of Anglo Irish Bank headquarters in May 2010 – Click here for more
  • Louise Minihan’s ‘red paint protest’ against the Minister for Health Mary Harney in November 2010 – Click here for more
  • Picketing the Fianna Fáil Ard-Fheis in January 2009 for attacking workers’ pay and pensions to pay for the bank bailout – Click here for more

If you like what you have heard so far why don’t you read through some of ‘The Fight Back!’ related stories from the éirígí archives below. And if you are ready to take a stand and join the fight back then click here.

 

Related News Stories from the éirígí Archives

03/12/12: Budget 2013 – March on Leinster House!....On Wednesday the Dublin government will reveal its 2013 Budget. It is widely expected to contain a ‘correction’ of 3.5 billion euro – a ‘correction’ which will blow a chill wind across the Twenty-Six Counties.....read more>>

01/12/12: Child Benefit Protest in Inchicore....éirígí in Dublin South Central has announced plans to hold a ‘Hands Off Our Child Benefit’ protest on Monday 3rd December in Inchicore Village.....read more>>

30/11/12: Leeson released without charge after politically motivated arrest....Brian Leeson, national chairperson of the republican socialist party éirigí, has been released from garda custody without charge.....read more>>

    29/11/12: éirígí condemns arrest of party chairperson....

    09/11/12: Hands Off Our Child Benefit Protest Held in Inchicore....

    09/11/12: Coolock Public Meeting Discusses Republicanism and the Fight Back....

    02/11/12: Dublin Government Preparing for Water Privatisation....

    01/11/12: Child Benefit Protest for Inchicore....

    26/10/12: €9 Worth of ‘Criminal Damage’ to Gilmore’s Car....

    24/10/12: Successful Anti-Cutbacks Protest in Dublin’s North Inner City....

    21/10/12: éirígí Announce Public Meeting on Republicanism in Coolock....

    19/10/12: Hands Off Our Children’s Allowance Public Meeting, Ballyfermot....

    17/10/12: Hands Off Our Children’s Allowance Protest in Wexford....

    14/10/12: Kilmore Quay Fisherman Leads the Way....

    12/10/12: Who Represents Ballyfermot, the Government or the People?....

    11/10/12: Minihan Slams Dublin City Council’s Costume Extravagance....

    10/10/12: éirígí Encourages Students to Join the Resistance....

    07/10/12: éirígí Wexford to Picket Brendan Howlin’s Office....

    05/10/12: Gilmore and Fitzgerald Have Egg on Their Car....

    01/10/12: Hands Off Our Children’s Allowance Protest, Ballyfermot....

    27/09/12: Successful Fish-In Protest held on Wicklow’s Mizen Head....

    19/09/12: éirígí Cill Mhantáin Unmask Wicklow County Council Gravy Train....

    16/09/12: Unjust Property and Water Taxes will be Resisted....

    14/09/12: Downgrade of Nenagh General Hospital Condemned....

    01/09/12: Minihan Expresses Solidarity with Sacked Target Workers....

    29/08/12: Wicklow Shows Support for Home Help Workers....

    26/08/12: Labour Party Expand Two-Tier Education System....

    24/08/12: Community Home Help Must Not Be Privatised....

    29/07/12: Minihan Condemns Decision to Close Cherry Orchard HIV Unit....

    28/07/12: Edwards Declares Government Blackmail Will Not Work in Tipperary....

    24/07/12: Defiant Louise Minihan Released from Mountjoy Prison....

    23/11/11: Something Stinking at IBEC Conference....

    23/07/12: Successful Housing Rights Meeting Held in Bluebell....

    22/07/12: Ireland’s First Anti-Austerity Prisoner Remains Defiant....

    22/07/12: Minihan Protests – Photo Essay....

    22/07/12: Masterson condemns James Reilly’s corruption....

    19/07/12: Dozens Join Minihan Protest at Mountjoy Jail....

    18/07/12: Dublin City Councillor Louise Minihan Imprisoned in Mountjoy....

    15/07/12: CSO Confirms Austerity Isn’t Working – It’s time for Socialism....

    14/07/12: Eviction Resistance Public Meeting for Bluebell Announced....

    04/07/12: The Writing is on the Bridge – EU/IMF Out!....

    03/07/12: Tipperary Hospital Overcrowding ‘Out of Control’....

    09/06/12: Resistance is Fertile – Full Bluebell Anti-Eviction Protest Report....

    06/06/12: Eviction Stopped by Bluebell Community....

    05/04/12: Greyhound Wasters Fail to Collect – Again!...

    29/03/12: Jail Not Bail! Anglo Monies Cannot be Paid Over....

    22/02/12: Minihan Welcomes DEIS Schools Victory....

    20/12/11: Minihan Condemns Ballyfermot Local Drugs Task Force Cuts....

    06/12/11: éirígí welcomes rise in student militancy....

    05/12/11: Here Are The Shirts Off Our Backs....

    05/12/11: Pre-Budget Protest in Inchicore....

    01/12/11: éirígí Pre-Budget Protests Announced....

    23/11/11: Something Stinking at IBEC Conference....

    22/11/11: éirígí Slam Proposed Public Sector Job Losses....

    21/11/11: The Experience of Unemployment in Ireland....

    18/11/11: Students March Against Attacks on Education....

    15/11/11: éirígí Condemn Attacks on Education System....

    14/10/11: Dozens join éirígí anti-EU/IMF Protest....

    27/07/11: Minihan Slams ‘Bank Welfare Tax’ and Calls for Campaign of Non-Payment....


    25/06/11: Fifth Anglo Irish Protester’s Case Thrown out of Court....

    20/06/11: Labour Party Hypocrisy Exposed with Water Tax Vote....

    13/06/11: Social Welfare – The Real Fraud....

    10/05/11: Saor Éire 2011 A Great Success....

    29/04/11: McCarthy Privatisation Plan – Labour Party Embraces Thatcherism....

    14/04/11: Case Against Anglo Irish Accused Collapses...

    14/03/11: There was No Democratic Revolution – the Rich are Still in Control....

    04/03/11: Fianna Fáil’s Final Act of Treachery...

    01/03/11: Minihan Will Not Pay Harney Fine....

    28/02/11: Minihan Convicted for Harney Paint Protest – Full Court Report....

    24/02/11: Louise Minihan Remains Defiant Ahead of Trial...

    20/02/11: IMF Discussed in Annagry....

    15/02/11: éirígí slams Lenihan’s Valentine’s Gift to Oil Companies....

    13/02/11: Attacks on wages and working conditions continue....

    11/02/11: The Fight-Back is Just Beginning....

    09/02/11: Anti IMF Protest – Pearse Street....

    07/02/11: Building Resistance to the IMF....

    27/01/11: Fight the Cutbacks Demo in Wicklow....

    26/01/11: Coolock Says IMF Get Out....

    25/01/11: Ballyfermot Says GO! to Fianna Fáil....

    19/01/11: State Secures first Anglo Irish Bank Convictions....

    17/01/11: Anglo Irish Bank Protesters to Contest all Charges as Trial Commences...

    16/01/11: Universities: Where the Working Class Need Not Apply....

    15/01/11: Trial of Seven Anglo Irish Bank Protesters to start on Tuesday...

    11/01/11: Unemployment: The Only Growth Industry in Ireland....

    20/12/10: éirígí Slam Vote on IMF Deal as a Sham....

    15/12/10: Minimum Wage, Maximum Shame for Dublin Government...

    14/12/10: Resistance to Cutbacks Grows Across Ireland....

    06/12/10: Take to the Streets, Before the IMF Throws us into them....

    04/12/10: Dungloe Budget Day Protest....

    04/12/10: The IMF and the Great Privatisation Swindle...

    01/12/10: Resistance Mounts Against the Blood Budget....

    29/11/10: Austerity Programme must be met with Civil Disobedience....

    27/11/10: Join the fight back!...

    24/11/10: Oppose Leinster House Consensus for Corporate Welfare....

    24/11/10: Criminal Plan Must Be Defeated....

    20/11/10: IMF Will Entrench the Economics of the Madhouse....

    09/11/10: Austerity Plan Must Be Resisted....

    04/11/10: éirígí Slams Spin, Lies & Censorship....

    03/11/10: Don’t Be Intimidated by Garda Brutality....

    01/11/10: Mary Harney ‘Blood On Your Hands’ Direct Action....

    15/10/10: Damn Your Consensus Cowen – We Want Our Wealth....

    05/10/10: People of Cork Resist Threat to Northside Hospital....

    02/10/10: Workers Pay €50 Billion for Bankers’ Gambling Debts....

    01/10/10: Jail the Bankers and Politicians, Not Protesters....

    09/09/10: Ó Cuív’s workfare proposals must be opposed....

    06/09/10: Promises, Promises: The Rampant Lies from Leinster House....

    10/08/10: Thousands March Against Health Cuts in Letterkenny....

    03/08/10: Date Set for Anglo Irish Bank Protesters Trial....

    16/06/10: Smash the NAMA Republic Campaign Launched in Arklow....

    05/06/10: Why are the Poor Paying for the Crimes of the Rich?....

    28/05/10: The Spectre of Communism: A Latter Day Red Scare....

    21/05/10: Liberty Hall Needs the Spirit of James Connolly....

    20/05/10: Dublin Government’s Class War: The Pensioners Are Next....

    19/05/10: Right to protest asserted on the streets of BÁC....

    17/05/10: éirígí Activist Released....

    16/05/10: Anglo Irish Protest & Garda Attack – Full Report....

    15/05/10: Gardaí Attacks Can’t Stop the Fightback....

    12/05/10: Civil Disobedience Justified....

    05/05/10: Smash the NAMA Republic protest – Ballyfermot....

    03/05/10: Remember James Connolly through protest and action....

    28/04/10: Government attacks continue: Ó Cuív declares war on the unemployed....

    25/04/10: éirígí occupation of Anglo Irish – Full Report....

    24/04/10: Direct Action at Anglo Irish Bank....

    19/04/10: “I will not serve” – Break the connection with capitalism....

    19/04/10: Leinster House Attacks its Public Servants....

    12/04/10: For what died the sons of Róisín? Smash the NAMA Republic....

    01/04/10: This is Criticial Because This is Class War....

    09/02/10: Inchicore shows the way!....

    30/01/10: Ballyfermot Fights Back!....

    11/01/10: Big Increases in Dole Payments for Ireland’s Wealthy....

    20/12/09: Dublin City Council Budget: Robbing the Poor to Pay the Rich....

    16/12/09: Clondalkin Begins To Fight Back....

    15/12/09: Pigs at Feeding Time: Leinster House Parties at Budget Time....

    11/12/09: Who is Guilty of Economic Treason?....

    10/12/09: Fianna Fáil/Green Party Declare War on Workers and the Poor....

    24/11/09: Public Servants take to the Picket Lines....

    09/11/09: Thousands Attend Day of Action....

    02/11/09: It’s Time To Act....

    19/10/09: Protecting the Fat Cats....

    22/09/09: Thousands Oppose NAMA and Cut Backs ....

    18/09/09: It’s Time to Take to The Streets!....

    29/08/09: Bailing out the Rich and Powerful....

    23/08/09: Aontaíonn Pobail Ghaeltachta in Éadan An Bhoird Snip Nua....

    02/08/09: An Bord Snip – Tír gan Teanga, Tír gan Anam!....

    27/07/09: Lenihan Lashes Out at the Low Paid....

    23/07/09: An Bord Snip – Emergency Surgery to Save an Economic Frankenstein....

    20/07/09: An Bord Snip Nua – A Wreckers’ Charter....

 

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