Donegal bus for Dublin protest

Donegal Action Against Austerity (DAAA) are calling for the public to join them in Dublin on Wednesday, February 29, for a march against the government’s austerity programme.

Donegal Action Against Austerity (DAAA) are calling for the public to join them in Dublin on Wednesday, February 29, for a march against the government’s austerity programme.

DAAA, which brings together several prominent Donegal campaigns, has organised buses to take people from Donegal to Dublin for the march.

The protest is scheduled to begin around 12 noon, at the Spire on O’Connell Street, and march to the Dáil at about 1.30pm.

Convoy haulier John McLaughlin of the JML Diesel Protest, a founding member of DAAA, said the group changed their plans to protest in Dublin earlier this month when they heard from groups in other counties who wanted to coordinate demonstrations in the capital.

“Now’s our chance for everybody to get their points across and stand up and be counted,” Mr McLaughlin said. “We’re not standing for these austerity measures any longer.”

Betty Holmes of Donegal Action for Cancer Care is also a founding member of the group.

Betty said that she hoped politicians would see from the Donegal response to the protest, “that the people of Donegal are in a place that they probably haven’t been in a long time.

“I haven’t see as much upset or annoyance,” she said. “Normally this would have happened in kitchens and pubs in Donegal, but people now are prepared to stand up and be counted, and be proactive.

“That’s a new experience for Donegal,” Mrs Holmes said.

Buses are leaving Donegal for the protest at 7am on February 29. Anyone interested in booking a space on a bus should text their name and town to (086) 3383090 or send an e-mail to donegalprotests@gmail.com.