A RADICAL VOICE FOR EUROPE.
It’s time to stop pretending corporations will ever solve the challenges Europe faces.
For decades an ideology of dismantling our state has driven government policy, in Ireland and in Europe.
Public services have been privatized, state enterprises sold off, and power handed over to corporations. Across Europe, corporate profits surge, often untaxed, while workers’ rights are threatened. A housing crisis, driven by draconian limits on public investment, is eating away at cities from Dublin to Berlin to Barcelona.
This has left the world on a dangerous precipice.
It’s time to stop pretending corporations will do anything except protect their profits. If we’re serious about tackling the challenges we face, we need to start rebuilding the state–that’s where the solution lies.
Cllr. ÉIlis Ryan
Cllr. Éilis Ryan has a proven track record standing up for workers, women and Dublin City.
In 2016 she successfully won council support for the first-ever mixed-income public housing development on O’Devaney Gardens in Dublin 7 – known as the ‘Vienna Model’ of cost rental public housing. This was later overturned by a coalition spanning the Social Democrats, Labour, Greens and Sinn Féin, over to Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
That work continues – and now, the ‘Vienna model’ of public, mixed income cost rental housing dominates the agenda in Dublin. Éilis has proven her ability to put a real alternative on the table and force it into the debate.
She led the Dublin Central Together for Yes campaign, and initiated a major campaign against religious control of the National Maternity Hospital. She spearheaded the first calls for vaccinations to be linked to school admissions, now a real possibility.
Éilis is a long-time member of SIPTU, and former shop steward in her workplace, where she successfully won a campaign against unpaid internships.
"Our campaign is about proving that there is an alternative to the corporate greed, war and environmental destruction that the EU has driven over the past decades."
- ÉIlis Ryan
Between now and the election, we need people to leaflet, run stalls, talk to neighbours, friends and family, and help us spread the word about what a Europe run for people – not corporations – means.