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Lorry drivers want brakes put on soaring fuel costs

A CONVOY of trucks will arrive at Leinster House today in a protest over fuel costs.

The slow-moving convoy, led by a group of Donegal hauliers, set off from Letterkenny on Monday, driving through Sligo, Carrick-on-Shannon, Roscommon, Longford, Athlone and Mullingar, before finally reaching the capital.

Organiser John McLaughlin of JML Transport said coachloads of protesters would also arrive in time for the lunchtime protest. "Whether the gates are open or not, I'll be going into Dail Eireann to state our case," he said.

Mr McLaughlin, who described Co Donegal as the most truck-dependent county in Ireland, said the carbon tax was driving the country to its knees. "It is time something was done to ease the burden."

The Road Haulage Association has indicated it will be seeking a meeting with the incoming Taoiseach within the next month.

Irish Independent