Thousands Turn Out to Solidari...


Thousands Turn Out to Solidarity Vigil on O'Connell Street

Alex Rowley
Alex Rowley

02:27 27 Nov 2023

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Several thousand people have been attending a vigil in Dublin City Centre this afternoon.

It's in solidarity with those affected by last Thursday's riots and the attack on children on Parnell Square.

The vigil on O'Connell Street was organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, to condemn the violence witnessed on the streets of the capital.

Their General Secretary, Own Reidy also wants to challenge toxic, racist rhetoric:

"It's a symbolic gesture for us to say look, that doesn't represent Dublin, it doesn't the city, it doesn't represent the people".

He says that migrant workers play a very important role in our society and in our communities and economy.

The ICTU wants to show that Ireland is diverse and open.

Disruption to Businesses Last Week

Some retailers couldn't open on Black Friday or even into the weekend because of damage caused by looters.

The CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Adrian Cummins says that footfall is returning now though:

"What we need now is, we need a thin level of Garda presence, public order presence, in the city, all the time, seven days a week, every week right up to and beyond Christmas".

Main Image: Scenes on O'Connell Street as ICTU holds a Solidarity Vigil. Photo: Matthew Joyce.

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