Huge Protest over Irish Economy

by Chris Sturr | February 21, 2009

From the BBC:

Huge protest over Irish economy

Up to 100,000 people have gathered in Dublin city centre to protest at the Irish government’s handling of the country’s recession.

Many are angry at plans to impose a pension levy on public sector workers.

Trade union organisers of the march said workers did not cause the economic crisis but were having to pay for it.

In a statement, the Irish government said it recognised that the measures it was taking were “difficult and in some cases painful”.

The pension levy was “reasonable”, the government said. reflecting “the reality that we are not in a position to continue to meet the public service pay bill in the circumstances of declining revenue”.

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