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Updates from ICTU March, 21st February 2009

category national | worker & community struggles and protests | news report author Saturday February 21, 2009 12:59author by Alan M. - Workers Solidarity Movementauthor email wsm_ireland at yahoo dot com Report this post to the editors

For those of you, like myself who can't make it along to the march today, I'll be posting updates from texters at the march as the day goes by.

12:21 - Crowds already gathering at Parnell Square. Great mood around town. Low Garda presence so far.

author by Alan M.publication date Sat Feb 21, 2009 13:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

12:57 - Numbers continue to flow up O'Connell Street. Blue sky. Sun is out :)

author by Alan M.publication date Sat Feb 21, 2009 13:28author address author phone Report this post to the editors

13:16 - 300 strong Waterford Crystal block have marched up. Standing ovation from public. Dozens of uniformed guards around O'Connell Street. Angry mood in the city today.

author by Aragonpublication date Sat Feb 21, 2009 14:33author address author phone Report this post to the editors

That means it's almost certainly at least double that.

author by Adopublication date Sat Feb 21, 2009 14:43author address author phone Report this post to the editors

When will the government get the message to leave our money alone?

Take this money off someone else, not us! Anyone else! But not us!

Power to the march!

author by Alan M.publication date Sat Feb 21, 2009 15:01author address author phone Report this post to the editors

14:58 - Left at 13.50. Still going strong. Bigger than Irish Ferries and Anti-War march.

RTE have revised their estimate up to 50,000 - at this rate it'll be 250,000 by the 6-one news ;)

author by a proud vikingpublication date Sat Feb 21, 2009 17:07author address author phone Report this post to the editors

& then they got the first openly lesbian prime minister in the world Mrs Johanna Sigurdottir who just to top it off was the first prime minister who is legally married to a same sex partner as well - so she is a missus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B3hanna_Sigur%C3%B0ar...3ttir For as we know just because you're married to a homosexual or hetrosexual doesn't mean you are one or are likely to have queer or straight kids. It doesn't work that way now nor has it ever.

Iceland is very like Ireland in many ways.

Except of course for Bjork, geysers, free heating, having no surnames and that terrible business with the whale hunting. But once you leave aside pretty much everything which makes Iceland the unique home of the Icelander the one thing in common with Ireland was the utterly fucked up trust put in the global banking system of neo-liberal economics and most particularly derivitative trading and so-called "knowledge based financialy service" model for economic development. But at least the Irish got a tram which they called Luas. The Icelanders may have lost their SUV's but they still have health care.

BBC says 100,000
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7903518.stm

author by Séamuspublication date Sat Feb 21, 2009 18:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

As of 17:20, the RTÉ story also states that "Up to 100,000 people gathered in Dublin today to protest over the impact of the economic recession on workers."

Related Link: http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/0221/protest.html
author by Conor. Mpublication date Sat Feb 21, 2009 18:29author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Between 100,000 and 120,000. ICTU says more than 120,000!

author by Séamuspublication date Sat Feb 21, 2009 18:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"Up to 120,000 people have marched in Dublin in protest at how the Government is handling the economic crisis. The march, which was organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu), took nearly one a half hours to make its way from Parnell Square to Merrion Square."

Related Link: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0221/breaking3.htm
author by Peaderpublication date Sat Feb 21, 2009 19:10author address author phone Report this post to the editors

great turnout, now STRIKE STRIKE STRIKE

author by aunty pdpublication date Sat Feb 21, 2009 19:18author address author phone Report this post to the editors

No to talks between ictu and the ibec partners. keep marching and striking, spit on them, shout them down, boycott their businessess and go to newry and bankrupt the corrupt bastards.

author by James - The Irish Peoplepublication date Sat Feb 21, 2009 19:40author email jmcaccount at hotmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

It's time to do what every other European peoples would do. If they don't look for a new mandate lets give them ours and throw them out.

Cowen, Harney and Ibec should be prosecuted as the traitors they are. Not a word out of Turlough O'Sullivan was since he dipped his slimey hands into the pockets of low paid public servants. Not a word about the fat-bastards in Anglo-Irish.

author by Bronterre O'Brienpublication date Sat Feb 21, 2009 20:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"The pattern is clear: governments that respond to a crisis created by free-market ideology with an acceleration of that same discredited agenda will not survive to tell the tale."-Naomi Klein.
http://www.naomiklein.org/articles/2009/02/all-them-must-go

author by margaretpublication date Sat Feb 21, 2009 21:13author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It would be too easy to let this Government walk away from the mess they have created.They must first explain and show us THE GAS DEAL .That deal must be re-negotiated to the benefit of the Irish people.Looks like our national natural resources are the only assets we have left .We as a people must protect our future.No more giveaways.

author by Ciaránpublication date Sat Feb 21, 2009 23:26author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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author by Arm-a -Geddenpublication date Sat Feb 21, 2009 23:48author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Looks like our national natural resources are the only assets we have left .We as a people must protect our future.No more giveaways.

They will all be given away and have no doubt about it, if the citizens of this bannana republic that has now gone completly pear shaped as well, dont wake up and begin to realise that what has happened in Mayo will happen again, an act of Ecenomic Treason, commited by rotten, corrupt so called politicians, these actions can be best described as that of a Rouge State.

Should we have the revenue from the Corrib gas which now belongs to $hell, our economic predicament to put it mildly would be just a horrible thought.

But the reality is that the rotten deal was done, and not only are the people of North Mayo suffering as a result of this, that is those who were not bought off by the old Rule of divide and conquer, and who are still campaiging not only for their community, and their enviorement, but also for that of all the citizens of Ireland to ensure that we get what is rightfully ours, our childrens, and that of our G/childrens inheritance has been given away, and no matter what spin that $hell puts out, this is the stark reality of it for Irish citizens.

For stealing a loaf of bread in Ireland you will got to jail, but yet if you are one of the Golden Circle, or one of its lackeys, you can steal Billions and get away with it and they have the audacity to call this a demoracy.

This is the long fellahs legacy now at the tip of the iceberg, however it still has to go back down the other side, and that should be very interesting indeed.

Shame on them for hijacking our Country.

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