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Protests Spanning Decades – 1969 – 2018 – 2022 : Take Back the City : Cost of Living Coalition Demonstration, Saturday September 24 2022, Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin, 2.30pm

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Des Derwin Michael Taft and Mick O’Reilly squatting on O’Connell Bridge, at a protest supported by Dublin Council of Trade Unions about the Housing Crisis in Ireland – Friday September 23 2018.

Three comrades on a Dublin Bridge : Des Derwin, Michael Taft, Mick O’Reilly

On Saturday September 24 2022 the same people, the same Trade Union organisation, will be at a Dublin Cost of Living Coalition demonstration in Dublin.

From Michael Taft : “A Protest Spanning Decades” :

Des Derwin and I sat down at today’s Take Back The City protest on O’Connell Bridge on the very same spot that Mick O’Reilly sat down in January 1969 when he was participating in a sit-down protest with the Dublin Housing Action Committee. The issue then, as now, was homelessness and housing need.

And we will continue to protest – Des, Mick and myself along with thousands of others – until the Government acts on the most important social issue of the day.”

One of many media reports – this is from Hot Press, one of Ireland’s leading rock music and culture magazines :

The rally against Ireland’s skyrocketing cost of living and inflation will take place in Dublin on Saturday, September 24th. The march will begin at Parnell Square at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Members of the public are being urged to take part in a demonstration this weekend to demand the Government do more to tackle the cost of living crisis.

The current state of affairs is “crushing” families and households, the Cost of Living Coalition – who organised Saturday’s rally – have emphasised at a press conference today.

The group, which is comprised of 30 organisations of trade unionists, student and pensioner bodies and opposition political parties, will urge the Government to take radical action on the cost-of-living, inflation and housing crisis ahead of Budget 2023.

2.30pm Sat Sept 24th Parnell Sq Dublin the Cost of Living Coalition national protest will see thousands take to the streets. Join us.@ClaireKerrane @RBoydBarrett @GaryGannonTD @AccessForAll7@ExtinctRebelsIE @UCDSU @sinnfeinireland @pb4p @JoanCollinsTD and more supporting!

— Cost of living coalition (@COLCIreland) September 14, 2022

The protest takes place ahead of the Government’s eagerly awaited budget on Tuesday.

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