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Truckers bring Dublin to a standstill in protest at rising fuel costs

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Irish truckers and hauliers said they would bring Dublin city to a “standstill” next week to protest rising fuel costs and that the demonstration would be “for the history books”.

The group People of Ireland Against Fuel Prices has said transport companies are in a “crisis” and companies are struggling to stay afloat.

The group warned participants that the protest “will last at least a couple of days but is expected to be there for a week”.

The protesters were previously known as The Irish Trucker and Haulage Association against Fuel Prices. They are not affiliated with the official Irish Road Haulage Association.

Protesters are gathering at locations on the M1, M4, M7 and near the M11/M50 junction at 3am Monday morning.

Pedestrians gather at the GPO on O’Connell Street at 9am Monday to march in protest.

In a post on Facebook, the group said: “We are a group of truck companies struggling to stay afloat and have joined forces with farmers, bus companies, taxis and the general public to fight against the cost of doing business to protest living expenses are not affordable.

“We are all in a crisis. In relation to the protest, Dublin and the surrounding areas of Dublin will come to a standstill and the protest will not just be a one day protest but will be a lengthy process until our demands are met.”

The group has condemned the government’s plan to introduce a carbon tax on May 1st.

“How are people going to get school or work? How are the elderly and disadvantaged going to pay for these increases? Not only diesel, petrol, but also electricity and gas. It’s cruel the situations families find themselves in when they have to choose between food, warmth and transportation.

“It’s 2022 in a first world country, we can and must do better,” the statement said.

“Our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents did not work hard and pay taxes all their lives so that we live in poverty. The government has the power to help and we need it now.”

The group’s demands include price caps on petrol, diesel and heating oil, the abolition of the carbon tax and the resignation of Transport Secretary Eamon Ryan.

The group said the protest was “for the people of Ireland” and would “benefit” everyone.

It said the majority of the vehicles will be owned by the company and that this is a “huge financial sacrifice”. They urged people to “show respect and support.”

“We want a peaceful protest so anyone planning to cause trouble please stay home. We hope you all understand and apologize for the inconvenience caused in advance,” the group said.

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