Update 2.10pm: The organiser of today’s protest against rising car insurance premiums has said that the situation is now “past breaking point” for hard-pressed motorists.
“It’s been getting out of hand for quite a while now,” said Cian Griffin, from the motoring blog Ireland Underground.
“I know all young drivers have been paying quite a bit for a number of years, but it’s starting to affect the entire demographic of Ireland [now] – so everyone’s insurance costs are going up, and it’s getting very frustrating, especially trying to afford it, along with all the other bills we have to afford with rent and tax and all the rest.
“It’s kind of gone past breaking point now, and we decided to do something about it, and that’s why we’re here today.”
A demonstration in Dublin is expected to bring traffic to a standstill in the city centre this afternoon, in protest at the rising cost of car insurance premiums.
Around 6,000 cars are expected to take part in a protest around Leinster House and Merrion Square from 2pm today.
DUBLIN: Merrion Square South will be closed today for a demonstration between 10am and 3pm. https://t.co/qvBPcgxUj8— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) July 2, 2016
Car insurance premiums have increased by up to 60% for some drivers over the past three years.
Opposition TDs are due to address the rally.