Higgins launches left force

THE POSSIBILIY of a sociaist candidate running in Laois increased this week with the forming of a left wing group in Portlaoise.

THE POSSIBILIY of a sociaist candidate running in Laois increased this week with the forming of a left wing group in Portlaoise.

The group which was launched yesterday, Tuesday in Portlaoise by Jim Higgins MEP said it wants to provide an honest alternative for people who want real change. It is envisaged the group will affiliate to the United Left Alliance.

"As the only genuine Left group in Laois/Offaly we reject the present right wing solutions to the economic crises. Which are based on slashing public expenditure, welfare payments, and cutting the minimum wage"

The group said there could be no just or sustainable solution to the crisis based on the boom and slump of market criteria, "where the poor get poorer while millionaires become billionaires".

It said there is an alternative, one where democratic and public control over resources is exercised in favour of people over rampant greed for extortionate profit.