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Today’s Demo September 24, 2022

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Was in at The Cost of Living Crisis march in Dublin today. Easily the largest crowd at a protest since 2019, if not before. I’m not a great estimator of march crowds but there was at least 6,000 , if not considerably more there.

A lot of groups represented there, including The Socialist Party, People Before Profit , éirigí, Sinn Féin, various Unions, Pensioner’s, Mica protesters, Students Unions, Water Workers, Aontú, Both Workers Parties, CPI, Labour, Social Democrats, Anti Fascist Action and added to that I was able to renew my subscription to Workers Hammer!

A lot of seemingly non aligned younger people too with some very creative posters. Many of them regarding housing.

There were speeches before the march set off and afterwards in Merrion Square. To me that seemed a bit of overkill. You don’t need speeches before a march anyway!

Considering we’ve yet to see the worst of the energy bills , it was a decent turnout. I can only imagine the movement will grow as the Winter kicks in.

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1. Mick 2 - September 25, 2022

Thanks for the report, Alan. I generally can’t attend such things for fear of being papped and then sacked from my civil service job (which is subject to the usual circulars), so it’s good to know there was a fair turnout.

I recently popped into my local SF constituency office (Dublin Central, Cabra) for a form to send to Fingal Co. Co. to take me off their list and put me onto the Dublin Central list. Feeling very jittery and election-ready. : )

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banjoagbeanjoe - September 25, 2022

I generally can’t attend such things for fear of being papped and then sacked from my civil service job…

Is that a thing? Has any civil servant ever gotten into trouble for going on a march? I honestly doubt a blind bit of notice would be taken of it. Certainly for the likes of yesterday’s march.

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GearóidGaillimh - September 25, 2022

You could just march with Fórsa, no? Do the circulars extend to union activity?

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Mick 2 - September 25, 2022

It’s most certainly a thing, but in this hypothetical situation there would be discretion depending on your position and your department/section/etc. and your boss and mini-boss. Also, COs aren’t subject to the circular on political activity. I’d be reasonably confident about strolling behind a Fórsa banner — I’m actually a branch secretary — but I take the circular in question without a pinch of salt, particularly because my mini-boss is not in the union and likes to throw his weight around at every opportunity. I pick and choose my demos, i.e. I hardly go on any these days.

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2. Mat - September 25, 2022

It’s a brave man that gives the Spartacists their address.

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WorldbyStorm - September 25, 2022

+1 That made me laugh! 🙂

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GearóidGaillimh - September 25, 2022

I bought a copy of Workers’ Hammer – ‘Queen Croaks, Labourites Crawl’ – and the guy was upset I didn’t take the sub. They’re super cheap and heavily subsidised.

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banjoagbeanjoe - September 25, 2022

Great headline though, in fairness.

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3. Tomboktu - September 25, 2022

The Irish Times said 3,000 turned out and is being ‘ratioed’ for that

Have a look at the relies and quote tweets. Her is a handful

They’ve now updated the headline, but still report 3,000 in the article:

Use of the online crowd calculator MapChecking gives an estimate for the crowd of about 3,000 people, although the organisers put a much higher figure on the turnout.

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irishelectionliterature - September 25, 2022

I met people who joined at various points along the march and even then the crowd is very fluid. Some were actually waiting in Merrion Square for it to arrive. It certainly was more than 3,000.

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6to5against - September 26, 2022

It seems we’re back to normal if we’re back to arguing about crowd sizes in Dublin demos!
Not being sarcastic about comments above: the ludicrously small numbers often quoted seem at times to he provocative. 3000? That size of crowd can comfortably leave Dalymount on a Friday evening and disperse without even blocking the footpath. They would struggle to be visible as a protest on O’Connell St.
Is this nonsense a thing anywhere else in the world?

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4. mal - September 25, 2022

It came by the bookshop I was browsing in so I hopped onto the march. A very sizeable crowd with lots of different groups marching. I think I spotted Mary Lou leading the Sinn Féin block, who funnily enough were right behind one of the Worker’s Parties (i think it was handshake?).

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5. Tomboktu - September 25, 2022

And a microbiologist who counts bacteria in slides applies his skills to a video of the march

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6. roddy - September 25, 2022

I see that imposter Bacik turned up on a bicycle along with her cronies despite having nothing to do with the organising committee .

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banjoagbeanjoe - September 25, 2022

But surely most of the people who turned up on the march had nothing to do with the organising committee. Everyone was welcome?

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Aonrud ⚘ - September 25, 2022

I must owe an awful lot of dues and newspaper subscriptions to a lot of groups in that case. They were simpler times before GDPR 😉

(That said, I’ve no interest in watching Labour pretend at this stage.)

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7. GearóidGaillimh - September 25, 2022

It was definitely larger than 3000. I saw a few groups not mentioned above like Militant Left, Anti-Imperialist Action and the Connolly Youth Movement. And apparently Socialist Democracy were there with a very spartan leaflet, though I didn’t spot them (or I would have given them my opinion of their website postings on trans rights).

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WorldbyStorm - September 25, 2022

+1

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