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Irish truckers to “lock down” Dublin for over a week

The Irish Truckers and Haulage Association has vowed to put Dublin on “complete lockdown” from Monday until their demands are met, and could stay for “over a week.”

The protest, they say, will be “one for the history books,” as hauliers demand the government take action to reverse the rise of soaring fuel costs.

Last year, a similar protest saw a convoy of truckers moving at walking pace on the M50, which massively delayed traffic and caused chaos throughout the city.

Speaking to Gript in late November, one trucker voiced his frustrations, saying he was protesting to protect his job and his industry.

“It wasn’t too long ago during the pandemic that we were seen as key or essential workers,” he said.

“And yet now we’re being forced off the road due to high fuel prices.”

He went on to slam Transport Minister Eamon Ryan in particular.

“We have a Minister for Transport who should be the Minister for Bicycles,” the trucker said.

“All he’s interested in is putting people off the road. If we don’t come out and deliver every morning, there’s nothing in the shop for you to buy. There’s nothing for you to eat. And that’s why we’re out here today.”

Asked what he would say to people who were annoyed at the disruption, the Trucker replied: “Look in your cupboard. Everything that you have in your home and in your cupboard came on the back of one of these trucks.”

The haulier said he believed that climate policies played a big part in the challenges that his industry is facing.

“The tax now on the fuel is so great – it’s being government-driven…it’s all government-driven taxes and stealth taxes.”

He added: “We’re not here to call trouble or disruption. We’re here because we’re fearful for our jobs and for our livelihoods. We have families and children.”

He said he hoped the protest would bring the issue to a head and that the government would “realise the damage that’s being done.”

 

 

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