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Monday 14 October 2019

Socialists split as Murphy to launch new group

New group: TD Paul Murphy. Picture: Frank McGrath
New group: TD Paul Murphy. Picture: Frank McGrath
Hugh O'Connell

Hugh O'Connell

Left-wing TD Paul Murphy has quit the Socialist Party and plans to launch a new socialist political grouping next week.

The Dublin South-West TD's surprise departure from the Socialist Party and its Solidarity offshoot marks a further fracture in left-wing politics and comes amid disagreement in the Socialist Party over the extent to which it should work with other left-leaning parties such as Sinn Féin and the Greens, as well as broader left-wing campaigns.

Mr Murphy favours working more closely with these parties and movements, but this is opposed by the majority of Socialist/Solidarity members.

Mr Murphy will announce plans on Monday for a new socialist grouping which will remain part of the Solidarity-People Before Profit grouping in the Dáil but aim to work more closely with other left-wing parties. He insisted that his relationship with the two other Socialist/Solidarity TDs, Ruth Coppinger and Mick Barry, remains "amicable and co-operative" and he will continue to work with the Solidarity-PBP group, which includes TDs Bríd Smith, Gino Kenny and Richard Boyd-Barrett.

"After an extensive debate within the Socialist Party, a group of members, including me, have decided to leave and intend to launch a new socialist group," Mr Murphy said.

Several Socialist/Solidarity activists but no elected representatives will join the new grouping.

Irish Independent

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