Thousands due in Limerick city for anti-austerity march

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

THOUSANDS of people are set to descend on the city this Saturday for a major anti-austerity march.

THOUSANDS of people are set to descend on the city this Saturday for a major anti-austerity march.

The march has been called by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions in protest at the austerity measures imposed by the government.

The march gets under way at the offices of the Limerick Trades Council, in Hartstonge Street, this Saturday at 2pm -meeting at 1.30pm.

Demonstrators will also protest against the austerity measures imposed by the government, and the €64bn bank debt laid on Irish people.

SIPTU activists alongside members of the Trades Council have put up over 150 posters throughout the city and county to promote the march, which will take in the whole city, and finish with a rally in Pery square.

Mike McNamara, Trades Council president said they are hoping that families turn out for the event.

“We are hoping to have facepainting, and artists there as well. The message is the families of Ireland cannot take any more of this debt. It has to be brokered into a reasonable repayment. The taxation of workers is not going to fix this, and until such time as the debt burden is sorted out, our economy will be in the doldrums,” he said, “We need a stable economy to focus on the rebuilding of wealth in this country.”

A final meeting is due to take place on Thursday ahead of the march, when meetings will take place with the gardai, and march coordinators, to confirm the shutting down of Henry street, the Arthur’s Quay area, and O’Connell street for the duration of the march.

Residents affected by the event have also been contacted by letter.

For those people living in West Limerick, a free return bus to the rally is being laid on for the event.For more information, contact Mike McNamara on m.mcnamara@batu.ie.