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Thousands protest in Cork at cut in over 70s medical cards

category cork | anti-capitalism | news report author Saturday October 18, 2008 16:38author by John Jefferies Report this post to the editors

All ages unite against petty cutbacks

Several thousand people took part in a protest on St. Patrick's Bridge in Cork this afternoon to demonstrate against the Fianna Fáil / Green / PD parties budget decision to axe automatic entitlement to medical cards for over 70 year olds.
Health Demo, Patrick's Bridge, Cork 18.10.08
Health Demo, Patrick's Bridge, Cork 18.10.08

Rain cleared in time for the start of the protest at Patrick's Bridge where hundreds of people began to gather shortly after 2.30pm. By 3.00pm that figure had risen to well over 1,000 and began to block Patrick's bridge. It continued to gather in size as it proceed down Patrick Street in a circuit that brought it back to Emmet Place, beside Cork Opera House.

Crowds begin to gather on Patrick's Bridge
Crowds begin to gather on Patrick's Bridge

Cllr. Mick Barry encourages the protesters
Cllr. Mick Barry encourages the protesters

Ready for the off - led by piper and two drummers
Ready for the off - led by piper and two drummers

A few hundred more wait to join the march at Mangan's Clock
A few hundred more wait to join the march at Mangan's Clock

author by John Jefferiespublication date Sat Oct 18, 2008 16:44author address author phone Report this post to the editors

A few additional shots of the demo.

Moving off
Moving off

Another crowd shot
Another crowd shot

Moving down into Patrick Street
Moving down into Patrick Street

author by Sharon. - Individual .publication date Sat Oct 18, 2008 21:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi !

Good protest , great pics - well done to all concerned !

I hope the Dublin protest goes as well as that : details here -
http://11sixtynine.blogsome.com/2008/10/17/over-70s-to-...ouse/

- if they get this disgraceful cutback through , they'll tax kids clothes next...

Thanks!

Sharon.

Related Link: http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com
author by Kevin - Cork WSMpublication date Sat Oct 18, 2008 22:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

More photos from the Cork protest ....

The Young Shall Stand By The Old!
The Young Shall Stand By The Old!

Pat De Picket at the forefront!
Pat De Picket at the forefront!

Are Ye Tryiing To Fill The Graveyards Quicker
Are Ye Tryiing To Fill The Graveyards Quicker

March's Front Meets March's Tail on Patrick's St
March's Front Meets March's Tail on Patrick's St

Protestors
Protestors

Related Link: http://www.wsm.ie/news_viewer/4643
author by Julypublication date Sun Oct 19, 2008 17:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

fair play to all who marched, we have to stand up against elder abuse or it'll be us next!

author by Michael - Human Leaguepublication date Sun Oct 19, 2008 18:30author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Not much i can add to the title .

She picks on the old and vulnerable in order to ''Sell Private Health Insurance '' on Behalf of Quinn Direct ,V.H.I. Etc.

The utter contempt Mary Harney has shown US Can only be described as The Last Sting Of A Dying Wasp.

Time Will Tell ,It Always Has.

author by D_D - DCTU & PHSCpublication date Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:38author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Fair doos to Cork.

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