RTE Online report: September 22, 2003

2,000 march in anti-waste protest

[SP Comment: It does say something about the media reports on this situation when even the Garda figure is larger than that of RTE!!!!!! I think we'll take the bin charge campaign figure here, i.e. 5,000 on the demo. More reports and photos to follow asap.]

(22:50) Several thousand people have held a demonstration outside Mountjoy Prison, calling for the abolition of waste charges and the release of Dublin West TD Joe Higgins and Councillor, Clare Daly.

Gardaí said around 2,500 - 3,000 people took part in the protest; the organisers said the figure was closer to 5,000.

The crowd gathered at the Garden of Remembrance at Parnell Square and marched to Mountjoy Prison.

Socialist Party councillor, Ruth Coppinger said the numbers taking part showed that the campaign against waste charges was a grassroots campaign and the political establishment would ignore it at their peril.

Mick O'Reilly of the ATGWU also addressed the crowd, and called on the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to demand the release of Mr Higgins and Ms Daly. He said ICTU should make it clear that it will mobilise its membership to take whatever action is necessary.

The protest was also attended by Joe Higgins' 85-year-old mother, Ellen, who travelled from Dingle in Co Kerry to visit her son. She said his sentence for breaching High Court injunctions was excessively harsh.

Higgins and Daly were jailed for a month last Friday, for breaching court orders preventing them from obstructing waste collection in the Fingal County Council area.

Further reports of protest, etc, can be got here.