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Fight the Cutbacks Demo in Wicklow


éirígí Cill Mhantáin activists held a successful Fight the Cutbacks demonstration at the monument to United Irishmen leader Billy Byrne in Wicklow Town on Saturday afternoon [January 22].

The activists received fantastic support from the public in Market Square in the county town, where a sizeable number voiced their concerns and extreme anger at the way villages and towns right across Wicklow have been treated by the Fianna Fáil/Green Party government.

Fight the Cutbacks

After the day of action, éirígí activist Adrian O’Reilly said: “The former Twenty-Six County minister for health Mary Harney came in for a lot of anger from members of the public as it was her who closed down the community hospital in Wicklow Town late last year.

“Fianna Fáil minister Mary Coughlan also came in for criticism from local people for her support for the Hunt report on the future of third level education in the Twenty-Six Counties. It is clear that this report, if implemented, will drastically restrict working class people’s access to university education in the coming decades.”

Billy Byrne monument

O’Reilly added: “éirígí received great support, both at the Billy Byrne monument in the town centre and up in Ballyguile housing estate, where party members were joined by local residents in carrying out a leaflet drop of the area.

“What is clear is that working people in Wicklow Town are demanding a total reversal of the cuts in the blood budget. It is also clear that there is a total rejection of Twenty-Six County minister for finance Brian Lenihan’s Finance Bill.

“éirígí will continue to highlight the anti-working class policies of, not only Fianna Fáil, but of all the establishment parties across Ireland, who continue to support and uphold a system which ring-fences the profits of the wealthy while driving working people into poverty.”


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