Construction workers march through Dublin

Hundreds of construction workers have marched through central Dublin to protest at poor safety standards on building sites.

Hundreds of construction workers have marched through central Dublin to protest at poor safety standards on building sites.

The workers carried a coffin on their march in memory of the 22 builders who died in construction-related accidents in the last year.

Around 500 people took part in the two-hour march, which began at the Garden of Remembrance and ended at the Dáil.

SIPTU's Eric Fleming, one of the organisers, said his members will no longer accept poor safety standards.

Labour Party spokesman Brendan Howlin said: "I wish that last year's fatalities could be seen as a one-off, but unfortunately, for too long, we have had public outcry when such tragedies occur followed by inaction by those who have the power to implement stricter controls".

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