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AHeneen
02-21-2009, 12:52 PM
Huge protest over Irish economy
BBC
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Up to 100,000 people have gathered in Dublin city centre to protest at the Irish government's handling of the country's recession.
Many are angry at plans to impose a pension levy on public sector workers.
Trade union organisers of the march said workers did not cause the economic crisis but were having to pay for it.
In a statement, the Irish government said it recognised that the measures it was taking were "difficult and in some cases painful".
The pension levy was "reasonable", the government said. reflecting "the reality that we are not in a position to continue to meet the public service pay bill in the circumstances of declining revenue".

High unemployment

There were conflicting estimates of the numbers of people at the march, which began on the north side of Dublin in the mid-afternoon.
Police said 100,000 people were on the streets, while organisers said they expected 200,000 to protest in total.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu), which organised the march, said it was campaigning for "a fairer and better way" of dealing with the economic crisis.
"Our priority is about ensuring that people are looked after, the interests of people are looked after, not the interests of big business or the wealthy," Sally-Anne Kinahan, Ictu's secretary general, told the BBC.

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AHeneen
02-21-2009, 12:53 PM
It would be nice to see this in Washington or NY...would get the message across to the Savior that his people are displeased.

BadCat
02-21-2009, 05:22 PM
It would be nice to see this in Washington or NY...would get the message across to the Savior that his people are displeased.

Wait until this summer.
Hot, sweaty and unemployed people can be very mean.

lacarnut
02-21-2009, 05:39 PM
This might happen in CA if Arnuld lays off 20k state workers. I think we are just beginning to see the tip of the iceburg regarding unemployed world wide. Chosing the wrong economic polices like King Obama, Queen Pisslosi, Clown Reid are doing will only exasperate the problems.

SaintLouieWoman
02-22-2009, 01:22 PM
That's scary when the Irish economy starts heading down. It had been an example of how to do things right.

When will the politicians worldwide start being a bit fair? Socialism doesn't work. People don't like subsiding their neighbors who made "bad decisions". I'm sorry, don't have a bunch of sympathy for people who got in over their heads madly overspending. I do feel sorry for those who are losing their jobs as a result of the bad decisions made by politicians and those who hang on them for a handout.

Radix
02-22-2009, 05:15 PM
That's scary when the Irish economy starts heading down. It had been an example of how to do things right.


Taking dough from the EU in order to effect stimulus is not a long term solution to the Irish Economy and its troubles.

I have a few cousins who have profited and I do not know if they are hurting now, but it would not surprise me.

AHeneen
02-22-2009, 09:45 PM
That's scary when the Irish economy starts heading down. It had been an example of how to do things right.

Well, supposedly it's the increasing cost of labor and the fact that there are many less expensive EU countries to set up shop in. Dell is moving its European HQ from Ireland to Poland (link (http://www.france24.com/en/20090221-dell-moves-flagship-irish-factory-poland-)).

PoliCon
02-22-2009, 10:35 PM
This might happen in CA if Arnuld lays off 20k state workers.wow that is a truly beautiful thought! Unemployed bureaucrats! :cool: :sigh: a man can dream . . . .