SF hails call for left-leaning ‘common platform’

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Sinn Fein has welcomed a call from a senior trade unionist to form a “common platform” among left-leaning parties.

SIPTU general president Jack O’Connor used a speech in Glasnevin cemetery at the weekend to “develop a political project aimed at winning the next General Election on a common platform”.

When it comes to Ireland’s General Election next year, he suggested this could be called “Charter 2016”.

Sinn Fein national chairman Declan Kearney, South Antrim candidate in this year’s Westminster election, said: “Sinn Fein called this week, to begin formal discussions between ourselves, progressive independents, the trades union movement, grass roots community organisations, and others on the left in Ireland, north and south...

“Jack O’Connor’s public support for developing an agreed platform among the left is to be welcomed.”