Anger, but no huge support for protest
WHILE there has been palpable anger among the public about the measures contained in last week's budget there was only a lukewarm response to two separate protests against budget cuts that took place in Tralee on Saturday afternoon.
The two protests, organised by Sinn Fein and the People Before Profit Movement, attracted about 60 people between them. The People Before Profit protest saw a group of about 35 protesters gather in the town centre around lunchtime before marching to the constituency office of Labour's Kerry North West Limerick TD Arthur Spring at Upper Rock Street.
At around the same time a separate Sinn Fein protest was held in central Tralee with around 25 party supporters staging a protest in front of the Croppy Boy monument on Denny Street and immediately outside AIB's Tralee branch.
Neither protest attracted particularly large crowds with the many people on Tralee's streets at the time seemingly more concerned with their Christmas shopping than in anti-government protest.
Both parties have criticised the Government for the cuts made to vulnerable sectors of society.
Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris, who attended the Sinn Fein protest, described the budget as "anti- child, anti- family, anti women and antijobs.
"Cuts to child benefit, the family home tax, the changes to PRSI and increases in third level fees will leave many families up to €2000 a year worse off. The cruel cuts to the respite care grant and other vital supports for carers, people with disabilities and older people will make life harder for many who are already struggling to get by," he said.