Almost 100 attend 'jail the bankers' protest
Sinn Féin Dublin demanding criminal charges for anyone who misled Central Bank
Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis said the Government’s response to the Anglo tapes is not good enough. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times
Close to 100 people attended a ’jail the bankers’ protest outside the Central Bank on Dame Street in Dublin City today.
The organising group, Sinn Féin Dublin, is calling for criminal proceedings to be brought against any person who knowingly misled the Central Bank during the banking crisis.
Sinn Féin TD for Dublin North-West Dessie Ellis said the Government’s response to the Anglo tapes is not good enough.
“We’re protesting to show the people that we’re not going to sit down and take all that has happened, particularly the kind of language that has been used by these people on the tapes. It not just insults us, but it insults other people around Europe,” he said.
“We have no history of going after those at the top in our society. If it was working-class people and middle-class people, well, I hope there will be some level of justice, but I think the jury is still out on that.”
Despite the relatively low turnout, Mr Ellis said actions matter more than numbers.
“We’ve got to go out and highlight to the Irish people the insult of Anglo Irish Bank and how they deceived and insulted the Irish people.”