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Left Archive: Share the Wealth, Share the Wealth Campaign, 1999 September 13, 2021

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This four page document released by the Share the Wealth campaign in 1999 publicises a National March held by them in October of that year.

The document notes that Share the Wealth was established in September 1998:

.. by the national anti-poverty networks… to highlight the continuing inequality that exists in Irish society, despite years of strong economic growth and substantial wealth generation. The key message of the campaign is that the wealth and prosperity of the so-called Celtic Tiger needs to be distributed more equally, rather than being concentrated in the hands of a small number of people.

Participating organisations included the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed, Community Workers Co-operative, European Anti-Poverty Network, Forum of People with Disabilities, Irish Rural Link, Irish Traveller Movement, One-Parent Exchange and Network. 

It also notes the significance of 1999 since a new national agreement ‘to succeed Partnership 2000’ would be negotiated that year and that all the organisations within Share the Wealth had participated in the negotiations of the previous national agreement. 

Other groups were listed as supporting Share the Wealth, including SIPTU, CORI, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, National Women’s Council of Ireland, PLANET, Irish Commission for Prisoners Overseas, Irish Wheelchair Association, National Traveller Women’s Forum, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network and Threshold. And the document also lists a series of demands.  

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