09/02/13 ICTU Day of Protest: Cancel the Debt

Start Date: 
Tuesday, 19 February, 2013 - 12:00

The Executive Council of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions has endorsed a proposal to hold a series of major demonstrations on February 9, 2013 to demand a restructuring of Ireland’s debt burden as “a prerequisite for recovery and a necessary condition for the maintenance of social cohesion.” The demonstrations are to be held in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Sligo, Limerick and Waterford and are timed to coincide with EU Council of Ministers’ meetings. Ireland will hold the EU Presidency for the first six months of 2013. The trade union movement is organising these protests to allow people from all walks of life to send a clear signal to the Government and Europe: we cannot continue on this senseless path simply to repay debts run up by reckless, private banks.