Major traffic disruption as truckers protest rising fuel costs in Dublin
Truck drivers say they understand commuters’ frustrations this morning but say their voices must be heard as they made their way to the centre of Dublin. The protestors began arriving at Leinster House to voice their concerns about rising fuels prices and the cost this is having on their businesses.
There were disruptions on routes into and around the city earlier this morning, and now in the Kildare Street area, as trucks start to park up near the Dail.
Gardai say they have a plan in place but warn there is still disruption the major arteries into the city.
There were slow-moving convoys on the M1, M2, M3, M4, M7 and M11 motorways.
The group, calling itself the Irish Truckers Haulage Association Against Fuel Prices, said it is protesting for “lower fuel costs at the pump and at home”.
In a Facebook post, the group said: “We want lower costs and lower taxes, rebates are no good”.
They want the government to address the nation on the fuel issue and warned of the possibility of an additional protest in the week before Christmas.
A convoy of trucks on Dawson Street in Dublin this morning, as a group called Irish Truckers Haulage Association Against Fuel Prices leads a convoy of vehicles into Dublin City Centre today. Picture: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie
The Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) has dissociated itself from the group which is organising the rolling protest.
In a statement issued to HGVIreland.com, the IRHA 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.”
Independent Limerick TD Richard O’Donoghue drove the cab of a lorry into the car park of Leinster House on Tuesday morning saying it was a protest to highlight the “Government’s failure to act on the fuel prices”.
“We have seen last week that out of every EUR100 of petrol, our Government takes EUR57,” Mr O’Donoghue said in a video on social media.
“We want them to give something back, to reduce the VAT or customs and excise so that everyone can pay a little.
“Our children need to get to school on private buses. Our food needs to get to our table from the trucks around this country,” he said.
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