Cllr. Mick Barry is a proven fighter for the rights of working class people. He was the key organiser of the 3,000-strong protest in Cork city in 2008 to defend medical cards for the over 70s.
He was jailed for his opposition to bin charges. As Cork co-ordinator of the Campaign for a Real Public Health Service he has led large protests against A&E cuts at the Mercy Hospital and the threat to close the Orthopaedic Hospital. Mick also led opposition in Cork North Central to both Lisbon referenda.
Mick Barry has provided a socialist opposition to the Fianna Fail/ Fine Gael/Labour pact on Cork City Council since his election in 2004. If elected, Mick will be part of a strong bloc of United Left Alliance TDs in the next Dail.