Limerick protest march over IMF/EU bailout ends at Anglo Irish Bank

UP to 80 people have staged a protest march in Limerick city to voice their opposition to the IMF/EU bailout.

UP to 80 people have staged a protest march in Limerick city to voice their opposition to the IMF/EU bailout.

The march, which was organised by the non-party civic movement, Claiming Our Future, began at 6pm on Wednesday outside Penney's, O'Connell Street, and made its way to the Limerick branch of Anglo Irish Bank on Henry Street.

Protesters banged pots and pans as they made their way through the city centre before staging a rally outside Anglo Irish Bank. A number of those who took part in the march carried posters and placards.

One placard read: "National apathy will be our downfall", while another stated: "Jail corrupt banksters". Others carried giant cheques for billions of euro, which were made out to Anglo Irish Bank from the "Bank of Taxpayers".

Tara Sheehy, a student at the University of Limerick said: "I think the memorandum that has been passed in the Dail is unacceptable. There was absolutely no consultation with the people of Ireland, who will face the consequences."

Paudie Quirke, Murroe, said: "I'm very angry at the way things are and at the actions of the Government in bailing out the banks and socialising the debt of the banks and making us pay for it for generations.

"It is actually unpayable because it is such a high amount, and we are going to cripple our social system by doing so," he said.

Sinn Fein's Cllr Maurice Quinlivan, was took part in the rally, said: "I feel we have been betrayed by our Government, which has lost its authority and its mandate."

He added that he believed the bondholders should be burned.

There was a discreet Garda presence throughout Wednesday's protest, but there were no incidents.