Over 100,000 march against austerity in Dublin

Date Released: 02 Dec 2010

Over 100,000 people marched in the national demonstration for 'A Better Fairer Way' organised by Congress in Dublin on Saturday (27th November).  Congress affiliated unions, including a huge contingent from SIPTU, joined the march from Winetavern Street near Wood Quay to the GPO on O’Connell Street where the massive crowd heard speeches from Master of Ceremonies, Fintan O’Toole, from SIPTU and Congress President, Jack O’Connor, and from Congress General Secretary, David Begg.
Performers Christy Moore, Frances Black and Jinx Lennon also entertained the crowd with relevant and hard hitting songs while actress, Ruth McCabe read, with emotion, from the 1916 Proclamation and the 1919 Democratic Programme the seminal founding documents of the State.

The huge crowd in O’Connell Street heard O’Connor describe how the people of Ireland had turned out to assert the rights of the citizens of Ireland to decide the future of their country and object to the arrogance of a government which did not retain the support of the people was negotiating a deal with the IMF/EU and ECB. He said the IMF was on a rescue mission, but it was “a rescue mission on behalf of the banks in Germany and France”.

Referring to the loan of €85 billion under negotiation from international lenders, David Begg said; “We cannot pay that money, we will not pay that money.”

Fintan O’Toole criticised the Governments savage attack on the minimum wage and said that the four plan unveiled earlier last week was a plan to save the “Irish elite.” Other speakers included Siobhán O’Donoghue of Community Platform who ripped up what she called the ‘Four Year Disaster Plan’, Marie Doyle of the Retired Workers Committee of Congress, TEEU apprentice, Keith O’Driscoll, and Berry Fleming of Mandate who is currently engaged in an industrial dispute with multinational retailer, Laura Ashley in Dublin.

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