‘Tour’ to protest wealth discrepancy

A GROUP OF protesters intend to “tour” the most expensive streets in Dublin today as part of a campaign they claim highlights the discrepancy of wealth in Irish society.

The tour is expected to halt outside the Fitzwilliam Square houses of news baron Tony O’Reilly and heavily-indebted property developer Johnny Ronan before moving on to the Dublin 4 area.

Extra gardaí are expected to be drafted into the city centre to police the event which already has more than 300 people stating they will attend on the Facebook social networking site.

The “tour”, which has been heavily promoted by posters around Dublin, is being organised by a new umbrella protest group the 1% Network which includes the socialist republican party Éirígí; anarchists Worker Solidarity Movement and the Irish Socialist Network.

The event, which begins at the Wolfe Tone Monument in St Stephen’s Green at lunchtime and is expected to continue for several hours, is being publicised as “a tour through the heartland of the golden circle that will stop at private mansions, the homes of billionaire tax dodgers, at corporate headquarters, at failed banks and at the offices of various lobby groups that protect the interests of this super-rich 1%.”

National chairman of Éirígí, Brian Leeson, said: “This is an opportunity for people to see where the vast wealth of the Celtic Tiger has ended up and how the 1% of the population who own 34% of the wealth of this state live.”

He added: “It provides them with an opportunity to bring their anger and frustration to the doors of those who created our current economic crisis and who continue to live extravagant lifestyles at the expense of working class communities.”

Éirígí members have been arrested in recent months for so-called ‘direct action’ activities outside the Dáil and the headquarters of Anglo Irish Bank.

Early this year the group burned a life-sized effigy of former Anglo Irish boss, Sean Fitzpatrick, outside the bank at St Stephen’s Green.

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