Attac Ireland is the Irish chapter of Attac, an international network which resists neoliberal globalisation and which campaigns for a more just, equal and sustainable world.
Attac is primarily concerned with challenging the increasing control which the ‘markets’, in particular the financial markets, have over the lives of ordinary citizens.
The unbridled power of the financial markets has impoverished many, undermined democracy and widened inequality.
Attac was founded in France in 1999, originally to campaign for a Financial Transaction Tax — Attac stands for ‘Association pour la Taxation des Transactions Financiere s et l’Aide aux Citoyens’ (Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and Aid to Citizens).
Attac is a membership- based organisation which now has over 25 chapters and 50,000 members worldwide. Since 1999, Attac’s activities have extended beyond a Financial Transaction Tax to include also campaigns to close tax havens, combat corporate tax avoidance, introduce a wealth levy, resist illegitimate debt and challenge austerity.
We also believe that the institutions of the European Union have been captured by corporate interests and we are involved in struggles to make them more democratic and accountable.