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Communists spell out 'home truths'

Published 05/03/2011 | 05:00

THE country is ripe for a grassroots revolution, according to the Communist Party of Ireland.

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But rather than taking to the streets, the party wants everyone to stay in their homes instead.

Party general secretary Eugene McCartan admitted there was no "pain-free way" out of the economic turmoil afflicting the country.

Speaking yesterday from a red and yellow brightly-painted stage at their HQ in Temple Bar, Dublin, he urged all those who were facing repossession of their homes to stay put and refuse to leave.

"They can't evict hundreds and thousands of people. It would then cease to be a problem for an individual but a societal problem. The government can't have 50,000 or 60,000 people homeless," Mr McCartan said.

The party -- which has had a presence in Ireland since the 1930s -- said it had witnessed increased demand of its publications since the economic downturn.

"People are once again looking to the left, once again looking to the communist movement for explanations to what is happening in society and the economy," Mr McCartan said yesterday at the launch of their pamphlet 'Repudiate the Debt: For a Better Future'.

He added: "The Irish State must harness the resources of this country, taking complete control of the natural resources of this state, and the capital generated in this state."

Irish Independent

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