Saturday, November 27, 2010
Bailout Protest 27.11.10
Protest march against the introduction of spending cuts and tax increases by the Government, and the "bailout" by the IMF/ECB. The Gardai put the numbers at 50,000, the organizers put it at about 100,000. Given the day it was, fairly short notice, and a covering of snow around the country, those numbers are impressive. It started at a very packed Wood Quay (and surrounding streets!) and finished outside the GPO, for speeches from Jack O’Connor (President of the SIPTU), David Begg (ICTU) who were booed, Fintan O'Toole (Irish Times), with singing from Francis Black and Christy Moore. Whatever the number was, the place was jammed. There was no trouble, and shops stayed open, and from the look of the bins on the streets coffee places did great business!