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European Day Of Action: Protests In Dublin - September 29th.
Today a number of protestors gathered outside Leinster House in Dublin to mark the first day of the new Dáil term. According to local media reports there were up to 20 individual groups or causes protesting and the majority appeared to be opposing Government cuts and the supports being offered to banking institutions.
Among the groups gathered in Dublin were the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Children's Mental Health Coalition, the Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed, People Before Profit, Patients Together, SIPTU and the Aerial Spraying Protest Group. I also noticed some posters referring to unwelcome changes to the the 46A route
There was also a demonstration outside Anglo Irish Bank headquarters on nearby St Stephen's Green. However, a number of people that I spoke to indicated that they were unhappy by the fact that this particular protest had been hijacked by Gerry Adams and Sinn Féin. I can confirm that Gerry did attend.
One man remains in police custody after he drove a cement truck up to the gates of the Dáil early this morning. The truck could not be moved as the brakes had been disabled so the entrance was blocke for an extended period of time.