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30 Nov 2021

Major disruption faces Dublin bound Laois road commuters as truck drivers protest

All sorts of vehicles likely to take part

Limerick TD arrives at Leinster House in his own lorry

Truck protest on an approach route into Dublin

Dublin bound commuters from Laois and other counties have faced significant disruption due to a major protest by truck drivers over fuel prices.

People heading to the capital on Wednesday, November 24 were urged by Gardaí in advance to plan their journeys as truckers descended on the Dublin to protest at rising costs.

Just days after farmers protest in Dublin in tractors, several major roads into the city were hit from early morning onwards on Wednesday as truck convoys formed.

This resulted in motorists faced long delays on their way to work or going to Dublin for other reasons.

Vehicles traveled on the M1, M2, M3, M4, M7 and the M11. The Irish Truckers & Haulage Association Against Fuel Prices designated meeting points along the way.

Gardaí warned that there were significant delays on the M7, M50 and M1.

The drivers warn businesses will go under if the cost at the pump is not cut. Another protest is planned before Christmas if costs don't come down.

The Irish Truckers & Haulage Association Against Fuel Prices confirmed on Tuesday evening that the protest would proceed.

Trucks will be meeting at the following points for commercial vehicles convoy around Dublin.
M1 Services Lusk North & South
Meet For 6AM Leave In Convoy 7AM
M2 Ashbourne Retail Park
Meet For 6AM Leave In Convoy 7AM
M3 Park Car Park, M3 Maxol &
Damonstown Way
Meet 6AM Leave 7AM
M4 Kinnegad Plaza Services
Meet 6AM Leave In Convoy 6.40AM
M7 Toughers Industrial Estate Naas
Meet 6AM Leave In Convoy 7AM
M11 Applegreen Services Wicklow Exit 14
Meet 6AM Leave In Convoy 6.45AM

A Limerick TD drove a lorry to the doors of Dáil Éireann in protest of rising fuel prices on Tuesday to highlight the issue and protest.

Independent Deputy Richard O’ Donoghue says he is sending a clear message to the Government, that every TD in Ireland voted for a 2% increase in fuel prices, except the Independents.

“I have driven my truck to Dublin and into Leinster House today in protest over the Government's failure to act on the fuel prices,” he said in a TikTok video.

He went on to explain that for every €100 of petrol purchased by an individual, the Government pockets €57.

Deputy O'Donoghue previously raised eyebrows at the first meeting of the 33rd Dáil, arriving in a vintage 1959 Plymouth, exclaiming that he was a member of the vintage car clubs in Clare and Limerick.

“Tomorrow (Wednesday) is a truck protest. I am asking everyone in a truck, bus, car, bicycle, everything, to come out and protest tomorrow about the fuel prices. The Government are taking everything, and all we want is to have something back,” the Deputy declared on TikTok.

The aim of the protest, he added, is to rally Leinster House to reduce the VAT on fuel, reduce the customs 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. Please come out and protest tomorrow with us,” he finished.

One senior political RTÉ reporter said that seeing the Limerick politician exit the cab was “a new one” for him.

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