Thousands Expected At Cost Of Living Protests Across Country Later Today
Thousands of people are expected at Cost of Living Protests across the country later today.
The protest in Cork takes place at 2 o’clock this afternoon on Patrick Street, while other demonstrations will happen in Limerick, Dublin, Galway and Sligo.
The Cost of Living Coalition is made up of student and community groups, trade unions and is supported by a number of Cork TDs.
Earlier this week Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald encouraged people impacted by the surge in the cost of living to join protests and called on the Government to introduce a mini-budget between now and the main budget in October.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin told RedFM News on Thursday that the budget in October would address the cost of living crisis but appeared to pour cold water on proposals for a mini-budget.
Speaking to RedFM News ahead of today’s protest, Cork Solidarity TD Mick Barry says it is a chance for people to voice their frustrations:
“We hope that it will be a big demonstration. It is an opportunity for people. People have been giving out and rightly so, for many months now. Today is their opportunity to go a step further to put the government under real pressure, people power. I hope that people join us at two o’clock”.