COMMUNITY SECTOR (CDP-JI-CE) PROTEST , CLONDALKIN , MONDAY 30th NOVEMBER 2009.
At 3.30pm today (Monday 30 November 2009) in Clondalkin Village , protestors against the proposed/’recommended’ State cuts to the finances of those working in the Community Sector gathered outside the County Council offices and, at 4pm , marched through the Village to the constituency office of John Curran ,Fianna Fail State Minister responsible for ‘Community Affairs’.
Altogether , about fifty protestors remained outside Curran’s office for approximately an hour-and-a-half , blowing whistles , chanting protest songs and sharing two hand-held battery-operated loudhailers between them , to get their point across to Curran and , more importantly, to his constituents who stopped in their dozens to listen to the protestors as, indeed, did cars etc , causing a small tailback at times. But Curran wasn’t listening – because he wasn’t in his office….
…the protestors had been told , after trying to get in to speak to State Minister Curran , that he had left earlier ‘to attend a meeting’ : Grace Wills, North Clondalkin, and Rita Fagan Inchicore (St Michaels Resource Centre) were disappointed that they had been prevented from addressing Curran across his table , but made up for it by addressing what was now a packed Clondalkin street , putting their point across that way , instead.
The next Community Sector protest in Clondalkin will take place next Monday, 7th December 2009 at 4pm outside Curran’s office – it was felt that we were losing a good half hour of ‘protesting’ light on these dark afternoons by marching from the County Council offices to the State Ministers office , so we are going directly to ‘Cutback Currans’ office at 4pm. Republican Sinn Féin will be there again , adding our voice to that of these low-paid but invaluable workers. See you there!