Right2Water group eyes election
The country's biggest anti-water-charge protest group is gearing up to become a political movement ahead of the general election.
The Right2Water campaign yesterday hosted a conference in Dublin attended by left-wing politicians, trade union officials and community groups.
The group, which is headed by trade union leader Brendan Ogle, is planning to draft policies in the coming months ahead of forming a left-wing political alliance.
"What we want to do is start off with ideas and principles and see if they lead to policies and then see does that lead to candidates or some sort of alliance," Mr Ogle said.
The consultation phase for ideas was launched yesterday in the Communications Workers' Union Club in Dublin city centre, and will be open until June 13.
Mr Ogle hopes policies will be drawn up in the coming months and the organisation can then try to form an alliance between trade unions, community groups and politicians.
There are also plans to carry opinion polls to gauge the public's appetite for a new left-wing political party.