Saturday, 16 July 2011

Dublin Protest...

Dublin protest over EU-IMF bailout...

Thousands of people are expected to participate in a protest in Dublin this afternoon against the EU-IMF austerity programme.

The protest, organised by the Enough Campaign, is being supported by trade unions, TDs, political organisations and groups seeking to maintain education and health services in their areas.

Participants are scheduled to meet at Parnell Square at 2pm.

The Enough Campaign said suggestions that the State’s implementation of the EU-IMF austerity programme was going well were badly misplaced.

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett, an organiser of the march, said he expected a good number of people who were “enraged” by the austerity programme to take part.

"It is absolutely mystifying how the EU-IMF delegations 'approval' of the Government’s implementation of austerity in this country is being portrayed by the government and some commentators as a 'good news' story," he said.

"We are absolutely determined to mobilise mass opposition to this economic madness over the coming weeks and bring the spirit of Greek, Spanish and for that matter Egyptian style resistance to this country."

Earlier this week, the EU-IMF-ECB “troika” said that Ireland was “on track” and “well financed” after the third quarterly review of the €82 billion bailout.

Ireland’s borrowing costs would be lower and there would be “good prospects” of returning to the bonds markets if it weren’t for wider euro zone crisis, the troika said.

“The problems that Ireland faces are not just an Irish problem,” said IMF deputy director Ajai Chopra. “They're a shared European problem. What we need and what's lacking so far is a European solution to a European problem.”

(Protest: Saturday 16th July at Parnell Square at 2pm)

Report - Irish Times

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