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Mass protest in Ireland

Posted Feb 21, 2009 by Richard van der Draay
Around one hundred thousand people gathered in the Irish capital Dublin on Saturday to protest against government plans to combat the economic crisis.
Protest in Ireland
Dublin: Protest against government plans to cut the pension provision of nearly 350.000 people.
File photo: infomatique
Police in Dublin and Irish media reported the mass protest.
The protestors consisted mainly of people who work in the public sector.
The Conservative Irish government of Prime Minister Brian Cowen is planning to cut the pension provision of nearly 350.000 people. Among these people are police officers, teachers and civil servants. The measure will yield about 1.4 million Euros for the Irish government.
The unions are infuriated with the government. They claim that the government measures are unfair because employees are made to pay the price for problems for which they are not responsible.
Union spokespersons say that there are fairer and better measures to tackle the crisis.
A union leader in Dublin said that his priorities are to defend the interests of the average person and not the interests of the rich and the large companies.
Ireland, once dubbed the Celtic Tiger because of its economic success, is currently facing big problems due to the recession. Last month, unemployment reached record numbers.