3pm – Pots n Pans demo outside Dail
5:30pm – 1% network meeting at Wolfe Tone statue and marching to Dail
7pm – Right To Work (SWP) meeting at Garden of Remembrance and marching to Daul
Banner dropped from roof of Buswells Hotel: Irelands gas giveaway to shell 540Billion IMF bailout 85 Billion
The front gates of Leinster House were largely obscured by giant banners highlighting what campaigners call the “giveaway” of €540 billion worth of Irish natural resources. Aside from the 50-strong international media presence and 30-odd Gardai, the remaining numbers before lunchtime were made up mostly by Rossport locals and their supporters from around the country.
Just after midday, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams emerged from Leinster House to give his first media briefing since announcing his intention to contest the next general election in Louth. Campaigners from Mayo moved with remarkable speed to manoeuvre one of the banners into place behind Adams and his Sinn Féin colleagues.
Minutes later a long banner was dropped from the roof of Buswells Hotel, facing Leinster House. The banner, which highlighted the relative size of Ireland’s offshore oil and gas and the IMF/EU bailout (€540 billion versus €85 billion), remained in place for almost half an hour. When it was removed, campaigners managed to reclaim it.
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