Trucker’s Protest Set To Bring Traffic Chaos To The Capital

A fleet of trucks are set to bring chaos to the capital today as they mount a major protest against rising fuel costs. Anyone trying to make their way into the city is being warned they may face major delays as the convoy of trucks, busses, tractors, vans, and commercial vehicles is set to bring the major routes to a grinding halt. Kildare Street and Moleworth Street are currently closed off to traffic and diversions are in place.

The protest which begins at 7am on Wednesday is targeting M1 Services Lusk North and South, M2 Ashbourne Retail Park, M3 Park Car Park, M3 Maxol and Damonstown Way, M4 Kinnegad Plaza Services, M7 Toughers Industrial Estate Naas and the M11 Applegreen Services Wicklow Exit 14.

A fleet of trucks are set to bring chaos to the capital today as they mount a major protest against rising fuel costs. Pic: Shutterstock

The organisers say they plan to head towards Kildare Street or ‘as far as we can get’. The group behind the protests the Irish Truckers & Haulage Association Against Fuel Prices are also planning to protest on foot outside the Dail.

In a post on social media they said: ‘Please be as safe as possible and have some consideration for emergency vehicles. Hope to see you all there and remember this is a peaceful protest. We don’t want any trouble or vigilante groups to act up.’

Trucker's Protest Set To Bring Traffic Chaos To The Capital

The group behind the protests the Irish Truckers & Haulage Association Against Fuel Prices are also planning to protest on foot outside the Dail.

Pic: Shutterstock

But The Irish Road Haulage Association are not supporting the action as the group’s president Eugene Drennan questioning who was behind the action. He said the group had been taking IRHA statements ‘out of context’. ‘It is very hard to know who or what they are.

While their goals might be similar to what we are negotiating towards, we don’t know exactly what they want,’ he said.

Trucker's Protest Set To Bring Traffic Chaos To The Capital

The Irish Road Haulage Association are not supporting the action but say they may take their own in the New Year. Pic: Shutterstock

RTE reports Mr Drennan as saying despite the IHRA having major issues with the Government they ‘did not want to cause any grief to the public before Christmas’ but added they may act in the New Year. Independent TD Richard O’Donoghue drove a truck to Leinster House on Tuesday.

Mr O’Donoghue parked the truck inside the gates and said he plans on using the truck to participate in the protest. He told the Irish Sun: ‘They are coming in on all the motorways to let people know that it’s not just about the truckers. It’s about everyone that’s paying at the moment.

‘The Government at the stroke of a pen could reduce the VAT rate, which would help. If they reduce the customs excise, everyone gets a small hit down on their fuel prices. ‘My car itself was EUR83 to EUR86 to fill it.

It’s now EUR104 or EUR105. Take that into every family home at the moment. ‘Every person in our area burns about EUR100 worth of fuel, and there is EUR57 of that going to the Government.

Let’s be fair here.

Give back.

Give them something.’




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