Brid Smith has devoted her whole adult life to the struggle for workers’ rights, women’s rights and the rights of all the people against the elites and the 1% super rich.
Here are some of the high points of her record:
1981: elected to the National Committee of the Hunger Strike campaign, along with others like Bernadette Devlin, fighting for political status for Bobby Sands and his comrades.
1983: first female shop steward in Dublin Bus and Dublin Branch secretary of the National Bus and Railworkers Union.
1984-87 organised solidarity pickets and collections for the Dunnes Stores strikers against Apartheid
1984-5: support campaign for the British Miners Strike which raised many thousands of pounds.
1990: worked with Gateaux Bakery strikers who occupied the bakery against job losses for over a year.
1992: played a key role in the struggle for abortion rights around the X Case and all the protests of the pro- choice campaign
Early 2000s played leadingrole in the Anti-Bin Tax campaign and built mass campaign in Ballyfermot/Inchicore. Jailed in Mountjoy along with other activists for direct action .
2003: key role alongside Richard Boyd Barrett in the Irish Anti War Movement which organized the biggest anti war protests in history.
2005 -8: worked closely with the local people in Mayo in the magnificent Shell to Sea campaign.
2009: elected to represent Ballyfermot/Drimnagh on Dublin City Council. She is vocal on many local and national issues, works closely with the Traveller Community and consistently opposes austerity and cutbacks
2011-13: played leading role in Campaigns against the Household Charge and the Property Tax, addressing meetings all over the country and chairing some of the Campaigns largest rallies and demonstrations.
Early in 2014 Brid, with the sponsorship of Unite the union, organised a major coference on water charges, out of which, some months later the Right2Water campaign emerged. She has been a leading acivist in the campaign since, both locally and nationally, speaking at many of the monster marches and rallies in Dublin.
Brid contested two elections in May 2014, she was re-elected as councillor for the Ballyfemot/Drimnagh ward to Dublin City Council, and now leads the People Before Profit team of five new DCC councillors. Brid also stood in the European election for Dublin MEP, where she received nearly 24,000 votes from the people of Dublin. Brid has been selected by members of the People Before Profit Alliance in her constituency to stand in the general election for Dublin South Central.
Brid is a proud member of Unite the Union and an activist in the Dublin Branch.
This outstanding record shows that Brid Smith not only talks the talk, but walks the walk.