Protests held in Dublin, Cork


About 400 people have taken part in a demonstration in Dublin today against the EU-IMF austerity programme.

Protesters marched from Parnell Square to the Merrion Hotel opposite the Department of Finance where members of the so-called EU-IMF 'troika' are staying to negotiate aspects of the €67 billion rescue package with the Government.

The demo, which is supported by a unions, forms part of a global day of protest, with similar demonstrations taking place in the US, Greece, Italy, Spain, London and Portugal.

The well-humoured protest arrived at the Department of Finance shortly after 2.30pm to the sound of drums and whistles as a low-key Garda presence looked on.

Demonstrators shouted anti-IMF and ECB slogans in the direction of the hotel before sitting down in the middle of the road to listen to speeches from a variety of campaign groups including TD Richard Boyd Barrett, Tara Mines Pensioners, Against Cuts in Education (ACE), Save Loughlinstown A&E and Save Our Buses.

A protest organised by the United Left Alliance also took place during the week with about 20 members of the organisers staging a protest confronting officials from the "troika" as they entered the Department of Finance.

Elsewhere in the capital, the "Occupy Dame Street" protest outside the Central Bank is entering its second week. Supporters of the movement held a rally from the Gardens of Remembrance.

An "Occupy Cork" protest also took place.