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TDs met with protests galore at Leinster House

It’s far from a nice welcome to the government TDs as the Dáil prepares to reconvene later this afternoon.

GOVERNMENT TDs returning to Leinster House for the first sitting of the new Dáil session are meeting with a far from hospitable welcome, as up to a thousand protesters gather at Kildare Street to protest the state of the public finances and a multitude of other issues.

Hundreds of demonstrators from a clutch of left-wing parties – led by Labour, Sinn Féin, and the Socialist Workers Party – are protesting against the government’s bailout of the banking sector, and are chanting:

No ifs, no buts, no Fianna Fáil cuts

They are joined by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, who are taking part in a pan-European demonstration by trade unions who are demonstrating against a perceived shortage of initiatives to create jobs, with governments instead focussing on budget cuts.

Others are protesting at cutbacks in community services, while a small clutch of protesters are campaigning for repeal of the Civil Partnership Act.

Despite the number of protesters gathered – which could tally up to a thousand or more – there were but a handful on Merrion Street to lobby TDs entering Leinster House through their more regular, low-profile entrance ta about 12:30pm.

The Dáil resumes at 2:30pm, with the opposition parties expected to force the movement of writs to host the three Dáil by-elections in an attempt to persuade fringe government TDs to vote against the governing coalition.

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