Protest commended

SF Cllr Jack Murray pictured with Joe Murphy and Philip McFadden who had walked from Malin Head to Dublin in protest at the government's austerity. (030412dp1)
SF Cllr Jack Murray pictured with Joe Murphy and Philip McFadden who had walked from Malin Head to Dublin in protest at the government's austerity. (030412dp1)
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A Buncrana councillor who travelled to Dublin with hundreds of other protesters has commended those who travelled to the capital, saying they sent their message ‘loud and clear’.

Along with a number of other protesters from Inishowen Sinn Fein councillor Jack Murray also travelled to the capital on Saturday to take part in the anti austerity protest in Dublin.

Speaking after the demonstration, he told the Journal: “The people of Ireland have sent a clear message to the government and its policies of austerity.

“Some 1,000,000 households have refused to pay the household charge, while some estimates of the size of the crowd protesting at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis on Saturday are as high as 10,000.

“The household charge has failed. The message has been delivered loud and clear. The government must now respond and repeal their regressive austere policies.

“Sinn Fein TDs have moved a bill in the Dail which, if successful, would repeal the household charge and provide a rebate for those who have paid.

“We have also presented a number of proposals which would raise greater revenue without impacting on those who can least afford it.”

Cllr Murray commended the Donegal delegation who travelled to the capital.

He added: “Donegal was perhaps one of the most visible counties at the weekend’s protest. Hundreds of people had travelled from Donegal to the capital. Many had been inspired by the protest walk from Malin Head to Dublin which captured the imagination of the country.

“It was clear from the mood in Dublin that, if the government does not introduce a fair taxation system, this will not be the last protest during the term of this government.”