Over 100,000 people marched in six Irish cities and towns on Saturday (9th February) in protest at the bank debt and one sided austerity policies. More than 60,000 marched in Dublin where Congress general secretary, David Begg, told a massive rally in Merrion Square that the protests against the unsustainable €64 billion debt will be brought to Brussels and Frankfurt and to governments across the EU. He said that the “architects of austerity” would be informed that Ireland will no longer be the “poster child” of Europe and that the campaign against the bank debt would continue until the agreement reached by EU leaders in June last year to separate bank debt from sovereign debt was honoured. Comedian, Barry Murphy, entertained the marchers with his character, Gunther Grun, from the troika while singers Temper Mental MissElayneous, Jinx Lennon and Mundy also performed at the Dublin rally. In Cork, over 15,000 people heard SIPTU General Secretary, Joe O’Flynn, call for an end to austerity policies which were inflicting pain and suffering on the most vulnerable. Huge crowds also rallied in Limerick, Galway, Sligo and Waterford.