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Anti-austerity alliance target council seats in Limerick

Members of the Anti-Austerity Alliance pictured at the opening of their new office in Locke Quay
THE Anti-Austerity Alliance is targeting at least one seat in every council ward.

THE Anti-Austerity Alliance is targeting at least one seat in every council ward.

Former mayor of Limerick Joe Harrington and Garryowen activist Brian Hinchey cut the ribbon at the left-wing group’s new offices in Locke Quay this week.

It will provide a drop-in centre for the nine candidates they are running as they canvass in the hope of winning seats on Limerick City and County Council this May.

But as well as this, it provides the alliance with a place to mobilise volunteers.

The Anti Austerity Alliance - which has based its campaign on opposition to the controversial Property Tax and Water Charges - is running candidates across the city and county, as well as the Shannon electoral area, serving Westbury and Parteen.

All bar two have never stood for election before.

One of the experienced pair is Mr Harrington who was elected as an independent councillor in 1991 and served as mayor in 1998/99.

This time, he is running in the Newcastle West area.

He said: “This is the first time we are involved in an election where we have a headquarters. This is totally new to me after all my years in that regard.”

Mr Harrington said unlike most independent candidates, who “provide entertainment down the line”, but are “no good when it comes to having a serious campaign,” the Anti-Austerity Alliance are different.

“There are 42 of us nationally, and that is a solid group, based not alone on people saying they agree with our policies, but they also have a record of having fought for those policies on the ground, organising protest meetings. The AAA are ordinary workers, people who are sick and tired of what is going on,” he said.

Cian Prendiville, who is in City North said they are targeting at least one seat in each ward.

In some areas, notably City East, they are running two candidates. They are seeking volunteers: if you are interested in helping out, you can pop into the offices in Locke Quay, which is staffed from 10am - 6pm, or contact 0876525727.

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