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Big Turnout For Galway Protests

category galway | worker & community struggles and protests | news report author Saturday October 17, 2009 20:13author by Fred Johnstonauthor phone 087.2178138

Sunshine and Solidarity in Galway

Representative Groups and Individuals March on Eyre Square
Young and Old Joined ranks under Galway Cathedral
Young and Old Joined ranks under Galway Cathedral

The mood was defiant and angry in Galway today, when the warm sunshine and blue skies encouraged a large crowd in the march against McCarthy-proposed cuts. A small group of City Councillors in the audience heard messages of defiance and fight from a variety of community associations, from a Travellers' group and Human Rights group across the spectrum of diverse other community groups threatened by McCarthy proposals which will hit dole payments and possibly CE or JI employments schemes.

One call was sent out to 'get back' the Christmas social welfare bonuses, which have been cut; this 'saving' contrasts wildly with bonuses awarded recently to Professor Brendan Drumm of the HSE, who is up to receive 70,000 - which saw Mary Harney amazingly washing her hands of the affair earlier this week - and revelations of Ceann Comhairle John O'Donoghue's massive expenses.

Brendan Smith speaks at Eyre Square
Brendan Smith speaks at Eyre Square

A tightly-packed Crowd at Eyre Square, Galway
A tightly-packed Crowd at Eyre Square, Galway


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