Organisers of a protest against fuel prices have called on farmers, hauliers, taxi drivers, and bus drivers to support them in the capital tomorrow (Wednesday).
A Facebook page entitled: Irish Truckers and Haulage Association Against Fuel Prices, has said that this will be a “peaceful protest”.
A convoy of vehicles and pedestrians aim to gather in Kildare Street after 7am tomorrow.
In a statement on social media, Irish Truckers and Haulage Association Against Fuel Prices said:
“It is time to stand up and make our voices be heard once and for all. We want all hauliers, truckers, farmers, taxis, buses, fisheries, professional drivers, mica sufferers to back us on the day.”
“Everyone is welcome, including kids, as it is for their future. We want a peaceful protest and no trouble.”
“Everybody is feeling the fuel hikes at the pumps or at home. Rebates for the bigger companies is simply not good enough.”
“It could last more than 24hrs so be prepared to sleep in your vehicle,” the post added.
Independent TD, Richard O’Donoghue, has publicly declared his support for the protest.
In a clip on his popular TikTok account this afternoon (Tuesday, November 23rd), he said:
“I have driven my truck to Dublin in protest over the government’s failure to act on fuel prices.”
“Last week, we saw that out of €100 of petrol, our government takes €57. Tomorrow is a truck protest. I am asking everyone with a truck, bus, car, bicycle, to come out and protest.”
“The government is taking everything and all we want is to have something back. We want them to reduce the VAT and the excise duty.”
“Everyone can pay a little, but the government has decided no. They have said that every person with a vehicle in Ireland has to pay. Our children need to get to school on private buses.”
“Also, our food needs to get on our tables from the trucks around the country. Our houses have to be built; all the material comes on trucks.”
“So, please, come out and protest tomorrow; join us,” he concluded.
Previously, during a Dáil debate on a motion: rising costs and supply security for fuel and energy, the TD said:
“Probably the only way the government will listen is to do what truckers have done in France and other areas.”
“On November 24th, a convoy of trucks will travel to Dublin and block the whole place. The only way the Government will listen to people outside Dublin and other urban areas is if we turn off the lights for a week.”
“Let us see how long people will last then. That is what happens to us,” he added.
Meanwhile, in a statement to That’s Farming, a spokesperson for the Irish Road Haulage Association said:
“The Irish Road Haulage Association would like to make it clear that it has no affiliation or partnership with this group known as Irish Truckers & Haulage Association against fuel prices.”
“They have copied and pasted to their social media page press statements, sentences of radio interviews from our president and have copied and pasted our logo from one of our members’ news articles.”
“They are posting these items to their social media site without knowing the fullness of detail,” the spokesperson said.