Today In Dublin Protesters Marched Against Cuts As A Bail-Out Is Organised
Today thousands of people marched in protest against the Government's austerity program. The austerity package, announced on Wednesday, includes proposals to cut the minimum wage, slash the number of public sector jobs and increase taxes in order to save 15bn euros over the next four years.
The march began from Wood Quay shortly after 12 noon and the protestors made their way along the north quays to the General Post Office (GPO) on O'Connell Street.
The authorities claim that about 10,000 people started the march but that the crowd swelled to around 50,000 as it moved down the quays.
Organisers of the march claimed that the crowd was between 100,000 and 150,000.
A small group of around 400 protestors gathered outside Leinster House after the march.
Bangers were lit and thrown amongst the gardaí along with snowballs and eggs. Some of the protestors were wearing masks and a poster with a picture of Brian Cowen on it was set on fire.
According to RTE, there was only one arrest.
A group demonstrators took to the Liffey in a curragh and flew banners in support of the marchers.