Anti-austerity march planned
A major anti-austerity march is planned for Dublin city centre at lunchtime on Saturday.
A number of groups have come together to organise the march in advance of austerity likely to be contained in next month’s budget.
They are; the Dublin Council of Trade Unions, the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes, the Communities against Cuts campaign and the Spectacle of Defiance and Hope group.
Michael O’Reilly of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions said 300,000 people were unemployed and one million were living in deprivation after five austerity budgets.
“Yet, on December 5th, the Government is set to introduce the sixth austerity budget since the onset of the crisis”.
Lynda Scully, of the communities against cuts campaign, said the budget would cut €1.7 billion from public expenditure.
“If the last five budgets are anything to go by, this will be disproportionately targeted at the poorest and most disadvantaged communities, devastating the community sector by removing local services and jobs,” she added.