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Five hundred people attend Navan rally against cuts

24 March, 2012 - by Peadar Tóibín TD


Over 500 people from all over Meath attended a rally in Navan today against cuts in services such as education and health and against the House Hold Charge. The rally was organised by the Meath based Community Against Cuts Campaign.

Campaign chairperson Peadar Tóibín TD addressed the rally along with Bryan O Reilly of INTO, Paul Cassidy of the Save Our National Schools and Siobhán Savage from Navan CE Scheme.

According to Deputy Tóibín “the rally was a strong call for a change in the austerity policies of cuts and flat taxes”.

“Small rural schools and larger urban schools in Meath have suffered major cuts. Health, welfare, CE schemes, nursing homes, the women’s refuge, rural Garda stations and rural post offices have also been cut.

“People who are struggling to make ends meet are now being asked to pay the household charge, the septic tank charges, broadcast charges and water charges.

“The Irish people need to stand up and fight back. Nearly half a million people are unemployed and 70,000 people emigrated last year. At the end of March €3.1 billion may well be put into the Anglo Irish Promissory Note. This is money that would be better spent on the needs of the Irish people.

“Today’s protest shows that the Irish people are now finding their voice”.

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