Charges Protest - Mass Inishowen-Dublin exodus expected tomorrow

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From little old grannies to toddlers in prams - thousands are expected to make a mass exodus from Inishowen tomorrow as the anti charges protest reaches a climax.

Coach-loads of peninsula people will be leaving all parts of the area tomorrow morning to make their way to what is expected to be one of the country’s largest-ever protests.

Joe Murphy, from Buncrana, who organised the Donegal Action Against Austerity Walkers protest - which has seen him and a number of other protesters walk from Malin Head to Dublin - is hoping it will force the government to do a u-turn on the controversial household charge.

He’ll be appearing on The Late Late show tonight appealing to people from all over Ireland to join in the protest outside the Fine Gael Ard Fheis at the Convention Centre in Dublin, at 1pm.

Fellow protester Philip McFadden, from Carndonagh, told the Journal the group are hoping more than 10,000 people will turn out tomorrow.

He said: “We want to get the message out that these austerity measures are unjust and unfair and it’s unjust on the Irish people.

“We have walked through parts of Ireland and ordinary people are saying they are being squeezed dry.

“They are saying this country is split in two, there is the poor and the middle income class and then there’s the wealthy and the elite.

“I don’t think they (government) actually realise the anger out there, people are really, really angry.

“People just don’t have the money to pay this household charge. And when they see TDs and minister and their expenses and all this craic about the Mahon tribunal they’re angry.

“Hopefully there will be a max exodus from the county. Donegal people have said no twice to the Lisbon treaty they seem to be right on the pulse, Donegal people in my view know the right thing to do.”