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Protesters call for radical change in government

Hundreds of demonstrators have opposed a government involving Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.

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People take part in a march in Dublin’s city centre (Brian Lawless/PA)

People take part in a march in Dublin’s city centre (Brian Lawless/PA)

People take part in a march in Dublin’s city centre (Brian Lawless/PA)

Several hundred people have taken part in a protest in Dublin to “kick” Fianna Fail and Fine Gael out while calling for a left-wing government.

The demonstrators are opposing a government involving Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.

Organised by Solidarity-People Before Profit, the protesters called for radical change as ongoing government formation talks continue.

Protesters gathered at the Garden of Remembrance for a number of speeches before walking to the Spire in Dublin.

People Before Profit TD Brid Smith said a government involving Fine Gael and Fianna Fail is likely.

March calling for change of Government in Dublin
Solidarity People Before Profit’s Brid Smith (Brian Lawless/PA)

She added: “Change isn’t about parliamentary arithmetic, (but) if that’s the way it turns out we will have to respect that inside the parliament, but we don’t have to respect it out here on the streets or in our work place and in our communities.

“Remember this, real change comes from below. Slavery was not legislated against, it was fought against by the slaves and the people surrounding them.

“Women did not get the vote because some nice men delivered it down to them, women fought for the vote.

“The water charges were not abolished by the Dail because the majority of the Dail wanted it. The majority wanted the water charges but the people got on the streets in their hundreds of thousands repeatedly and got the water charges abolished.

“The Eighth amendment would still be in our Constitution because the majority of those in the Dail are in favour of the Eighth amendment but the women of Ireland, in particular the young people of Ireland, got on the streets and launched a massive campaign to force an end to that regressive amendment against women.

“Real change does come from below.”

March calling for change of Government in Dublin
Solidarity People Before Profit’s Paul Murphy speaks at a march (Brian Lawless/PA)

Rise TD Paul Murphy criticised claims that Green Party leader Eamon Ryan could be taoiseach for one year in a coalition with Fianna Fail and Fine Gael.

Mr Murphy told the crowd: “Even if Eamon Ryan was taoiseach for five years in a government with Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, that government would not deliver what we need in terms of climate change.

“Because Fianna Fail and Fine Gael represent the big polluters, they represent the big fossil fuel companies, they represent big agribusiness, they represent those companies that profit from pollution and will not accept any limitation on their right to do so.

“We should say that very clearly to Eamon Ryan and the Green party – do not go in with Fianna Fail and Fine Gael.

Real change does come from belowBrid Smith

“This is a protest to kick Fianna Fail and Fine Gael out. We shouldn’t accept the narrative of the media now that’s over, that’s done – it’s inevitable they will come back.

“They say the first rule of politics you need to learn how to count, the first rule of politics is that change comes from below from social movements.”

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