Wednesday 28 September 2016

Thousands line the streets for May Day demonstrations

Published 02/05/2015 | 02:30

Anti-austerity protesters march from as part of the annual May Day Demonstration. Picture: Arthur Carron
Anti-austerity protesters march from as part of the annual May Day Demonstration. Picture: Arthur Carron

Thousands of people lined the streets of the capital last night as they participated in the annual May Day demonstration.

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Bus drivers from Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann, who are on strike this weekend, led the procession from Parnell Square to Beresford Place.

The event, which kicked off shortly after 6.30pm, was organised by the Dublin Congress of Trade Unions (DCTU) and was supported by the Right2Water campaign. A number of unions were represented at the event, including Siptu, Mandate, CPSU and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

Garda whistleblower John Wilson and Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan also participated in last night's demonstration. There was a heavy Garda presence along the route, however there were no violent scenes.

DCTU president Tom Simpson said "this May Day offers another opportunity to send a clear anti-austerity message to the Government".

"May Day - or International Workers' Day - is our day. It is a day when working people remember the struggles of those who went before, and highlight current struggles at home and abroad," he added.

A Dublin Bus driver took to stage outside Liberty Hall where the event concluded and "apologised" to the public for "any inconvenience" the strike caused.

Irish Independent

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