Around 200 people marched through the streets of Carrick-on-Suir last Saturday afternoon in solidarity with the nationwide campaign against the Government’s household, water, septic tank taxes and education cuts.
The protesters, including teachers, parents and students of Carrick-on-Suir’s Presentation National School and Newtown Upper National School that are facing cuts in teaching staff, gathered outside Carrick-on-Suir Town Hall with banners and posters held high.
The march, led by Carrick-on-Suir Republican Flute Band, proceeded down Main Street to Sean Kelly Square where the crowd listened to speeches from Independent TDs Seamus Healy and Mattie McGrath, Sinn Fein Senator David Cullinane, local councillors Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan and Pierce O’Loughlin, Newtown NS parent Denis O’Connor and Cork campaigner Vanessa O’Sullivan.
Many of the protesters were older people who wholeheartedly support the campaign.
Deputy Healy of the Workers & Unemployment Action Group spoke about the millions of euro being paid back to bond holders out of public money and he quoted figures in relation to the staggering profit these bond holders have made.
He declared that if the public people refused to register and pay the Household Tax by the deadline of March 31, it would show the Government that people are united and refusing to accept any more austerity or cutbacks.
Deputy Healy also condemned the cutbacks in teaching staff in primary schools throughout the country including the Presentation Primary School in the town, which faces the loss of seven teachers.
“It’s disgraceful,” he said. “Young people are being made to pay for a recession they had no hand in.”
Newtown NS parent Denis O’Connor appealed to every man and woman to get out on the streets and protest. “We are here to speak for the children,” he said.
Deputy Mattie McGrath, Cllr. Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan and Cllr. Pierce O’Loughlin all spoke on the ‘can’t pay won’t pay’ strategy of the national campaign offering their support and urging people to stick together to resist and defeat the Government’s tax burdens and threats.
“We can’t pay that money back, we will stand together and fight and win,” declared Deputy McGrath.