Austerity pushback: Protests at Irish ruling party convention


Over 200 protesters took part in the march, led by Paul Murphy, a sitting member of parliament representing the new Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit (AAA/PBP).

Murphy and 15 others were charged with “false imprisonment” during a 2014 anti-austerity protest in Jobstown against the Labour party Tánaiste (deputy prime minister) Joan Burton, which Murphy described as “political policing



The debate over the new “memorandum of understanding” between the European institutions and the Syriza government was held less than six weeks after the landslide “no” vote in a referendum on accepting further austerity measures. The Syriza-led government responded to the overwhelming rejection of further cuts by moving as rapidly as possible to secure an agreement with the European banks.

The austerity agreement was approved with 222 votes for, 64 against, and 11 abstentions. A total of 43 Syriza deputies did not support the government, with 32 voting against the agreement and 11 abstaining. Seven of those who abstained had voted in support of the government in the last debate on austerity.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras relied on the support of his right-wing coalition partner, the Independent Greeks, and the openly pro-austerity opposition parties—New Democracy, PASOK and To Potami—to get the agreement passed. The Left Platform within Syriza, the Stalinist Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the fascist Golden Dawn voted against the proposal.