RISE (Ireland)

RISE is a democratic socialist organisation in Ireland, founded in September 2019 by Paul Murphy TD.[3] The name is a contrived acronym standing for Radical, Internationalist, Socialist and Environmentalist. It is not a registered political party and has instead formed part of the Solidarity–People Before Profit alliance for electoral purposes since its foundation.[4] It supports the nationalisation of the banking system and the abolition of the “rights” of capitalist private property.[5] Murphy had a difference of opinion with his former colleagues in Solidarity.[6]

FounderPaul Murphy
Founded30 September 2019; 5 months ago (2019-09-30)
Split fromSolidarity
Political positionLeft-wing[1][2]
National affiliationSolidarity–People Before Profit
Dáil Éireann
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RISE contested an election for the first time at the 2020 general election, in which it ran as part of the Solidarity–People Before Profit alliance. Paul Murphy, the party's founder and TD for Dublin South-West, was RISE's only candidate in this election[7] and was reelected. Former Solidarity candidate Jessy Kelly was RISE's candidate for Galway West, but subsequently withdrew from the contest.

General electionsEdit

Election Dáil First Preference Vote Vote % Seats Government
2020 33rd 4,477 0.2%
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  1. ^ McGee, Harry (30 September 2019). "Launch of Rise means Ireland's political left now has 15 groups and parties". The Irish Times. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  2. ^ Clifford, Michael (2 October 2019). "The rise and fall — and Rise — of the Left in Ireland". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Paul Murphy sets up new political group called Rise". The Irish Times. 30 September 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Press Statement: RISE (30 September 2019)". 30 September 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  5. ^ Let Us Rise - What we stand for.
  6. ^ Michael Clifford} (2 October 2019). "The rise and fall — and Rise — of the Left in Ireland". Irish Examiner. The reason for the amicable decoupling was a difference of opinion on strategy. Murphy, and the handful of Solidarity people who left with him, want to spread the socialist message across the left, working closer with other parties and groups to create a united front. Solidarity is, as the name suggests, a bit of a loner. Most members want to remain true to their principles and perhaps regard closer integration as embarking down a dangerous path that could lead to contamination of the purity of their politics. Internal debate on this issue was ongoing for a year and, according to reports, was somewhat tortured.
  7. ^ "General Election 2020 Candidates – Dublin South-West". RTÉ News. Retrieved 27 January 2020.

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