‘Potential’ protest in Dublin on Sunday ahead of trucker demonstration

‘Potential’ protest in Dublin on Sunday ahead of trucker demonstration

Truckers and hauliers who intend to protest in the capital on Monday in response to fuel prices reaching a record-high have said they will not leave “until we get answers”.

The Irish Trucker and Haulage Association against Fuel Prices, which has organised the demonstration, said there will be “massive convoys” from counties Cork, Galway, Donegal, Monaghan and Wexford, with “thousands of vehicles joining the protest from all corners of the country”.

The group has called on members of the public, the people of rural Ireland, taxi drivers and bus operators to join in.

In a post on Facebook, the group set up meeting points at service stations, retail parks, and restaurants along the main motorways into the capital, with most convoys being en route to Dublin by 7am.

They have not advertised the route the protest will take, but said truckers should not be in the fast lanes, with participating members will be given more detail about where to go by marshalls at the meeting points.

The group is not affiliated with the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) and has yet to put a spokesperson forward.

Their latest Facebook post states truckers are “joining in arms, we are not going away without answers”.

“Complete stop tomorrow and we are not leaving the capital until we get answers. We have been failed continuously by our Government and the IRHA,” the post said.

“We pay enough, we keep this country moving and we get nothing back in return.” The group said haulage is a “dying game with no incentives to become a driver”.

“Numbers are short already and we have companies closing down day by day due to the soaring costs from fuel costs. We need to save this industry before it’s too late,” it added.

A spokeswoman for the gardaí said they attended the scene of a protest outside a Musgrave’s premises in Kilcock, Co Kildare on Sunday evening.

The farming protestors are claiming to represent the views of the “free people of rural Ireland and Irish farmers”. Gardaí said the incident is ongoing and they are maintaining a presence in the area.

The gardaí have put in place a policing plan ahead of Monday’s protest which will effectively shut down roads in and around the city.

It is understood the group has not engaged with the gardaí ahead of Monday’s event. Protests in Ireland do not require official permission but the Garda encourages organisers to liaise with it in order to minimise disruption and ensure safety.

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