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Thousands attend May Day demonstration on Dublin's O'Connell Street

Emma Jane Hyde

Published 01/05/2015 | 19:40

Anti-austerity protesters march from the Garden of rememberance to Liberty Hall as part of the annual May Day Demonstration. Picture:Arthur Carron
Anti-austerity protesters march from the Garden of rememberance to Liberty Hall as part of the annual May Day Demonstration. Picture:Arthur Carron

Thousands of people are participating in a May Day demonstration on Dublin's O'Connell Street.

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The demonstration, which began shortly after 6.30pm, is being led by Dublin Bus drivers who are members of Siptu.

Other unions are also participating in this evening's protest, including Dunnes Stores workers who are represented by Mandate. 

There is a heavy Garda presence and the demonstration has been very peaceful so far.

Garda whistleblower John Wilson and Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan are also participating in tonight's event, which is being supported by the Right2Water campaign.

Thousands managed to attend the demo despite the travel chaos caused by a bus strike.

They are expected to congregate at Beresford Place shortly, where the event will conclude.

AA Roadwatch has warned that the protest was causing further delays for motorists.

"Dublin: Protest on Eden Quay. Delays on North Quays from Ormond Quay. Slow also on Westmoreland St and O'Connell St northbound," it tweeted.

Anti-austerity protesters march from the Garden of rememberance to Liberty Hall as part of the annual May Day Demonstration. Picture:Arthur Carron
Anti-austerity protesters march from the Garden of rememberance to Liberty Hall as part of the annual May Day Demonstration. Picture:Arthur Carron

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