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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

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   A few more photos     John Jefferies    Sat Oct 18, 2008 16:44 
   Over-70's to picket Leinster House .     Sharon.    Sat Oct 18, 2008 21:03 
   The Young Shall Stand By The Old!     Kevin    Sat Oct 18, 2008 22:00 
   good on yis     July    Sun Oct 19, 2008 17:25 
   Buy Your Way To Health Is Harneys Answer 2 U     Michael    Sun Oct 19, 2008 18:30 
   Well done!     D_D    Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:38 

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