Sunshine and Solidarity in Galway
Representative Groups and Individuals March on Eyre Square
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.