Protestors disrupt Labour conference


There were rowdy scenes outside the Labour Party conference this afternoon as protesters broke through a Garda barrier to register their opposition to the household charge and austerity measures.

An estimated 1,000 opponents of the home tax from all over the State assembled in the centre of Galway at about 2pm to march to NUI Galway where the conference is taking place.

Left-wing TDs Richard Boyd Barrett and Joan Collins were among the crowd that marched through the city chanting slogans such as: “No way; we won’t pay” and carrying banners urging members of the public: “Don’t register, don’t pay.”

Placards were carried with pictures of Labour Party founder and 1916 martyr James Connolly and the message, “Shame on you, Labour working-class traitors”.

Participants came from as far afield as Crumlin, Kimmage, Walkinstown and Dun Laoghaire in Co Dublin; Falcarragh and Gortahork in Donegal; Wexford; North Leitrim and West Limerick.

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