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Unaffordable living expenses; protests in Irish cities 

Dublin: Protest programmes were held in cities across Ireland under the joint leadership of various organisations in response to the suffering caused by rising living costs. The protest was organised under the auspices of the Cost of Living Coalition, which was formed by political parties, trade unions, and NGOs. Protesters took to the streets in Cork, Dublin, and Galway. The event in Cork’s city centre drew about 500 people.

Activists marched down St. Patrick’s Street through the GPO from the Grand Parade. Protesters took to the streets to protest before reaching City Hall. “Families should not be struggling to afford Christmas without living expenses in a country with record tax revenues,” said Cork North Central Solidarity and Socialist Party TD Mick Barry. The TD claimed that the budget measures were ineffective. Catriona Twomey of Cork Penny Dinners also addressed the rally in Cork. Catriona Twomey said that this struggle is for those who have no means of food.

PM comments on the cost of living.

Prime Minister Micheal Martin stated that the government has made significant interventions to assist people in dealing with rising living costs and inflation. However, it needs to be balanced. The government has made an effort to do so in the 2023 budget. Many other countries have been unable to provide such assistance. However, four billion euros have been set aside in the government budget for one-time assistance to households and businesses, according to Martin.

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