The re-establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive

Statement by the Communist Party of Ireland
27 March 2007

The Communist Party of Ireland welcomes the decision to establish an Executive as a major step forward in building peace and reconciliation. While we recognise that the delay may be necessary, any further delays must be resisted. The re-establishment of a functioning Assembly and Executive must become the focal point for resistance in relation to the continuing attacks on public services, the introduction of water charges, and exorbitant rates increases.
    The Communist Party also declares that new, radical forms of representation and consultation with the people need to be developed that have the potential to open the path to a new, people-centred democracy and bring real substance to decisions affecting people’s lives, not just in the North but throughout Ireland.
    It is important that the working people have a focal point for their political struggles to enable pressure to be brought to bear that will ensure that public services are defended and developed, and that the proposed water charges are scrapped and not just deferred, as appears to be the case.
    With the re-establishment of the Executive it is crucial that alternative economic and social policies are developed and campaigned for by the labour movement, to strengthen all-Ireland co-operation in the building of an all-Ireland manufacturing base, centred around the most advanced technological and scientific developments. A central plank of this process must be the development of an all-Ireland plan for the use, exploitation and development of our natural resources, under public ownership, to meet the needs of all our people.

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