Marchers will demand end to world poverty

Thousands of people will take to the streets of Dublin tonight as part of the Make Poverty History campaign.

Thousands of people will take to the streets of Dublin tonight as part of the Make Poverty History campaign.

Members of the public will join anti-poverty campaigners to warn the Irish and international governments that it is time to deliver a credible plan on overseas aid.

Organisers have called on Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to deliver on long-standing promises to spend 0.7% of GNP on overseas aid.

The Dublin Make Poverty History rally, which has been supported by rock heavyweights such as Bono, Bob Geldof and REM, will start at Parnell Square at 6.30pm before marching through the city streets and gathering in Merrion Square for a massive night of music and activities.

It will be one of many such events held worldwide in the run-up to Saturday’s official Live 8 concerts at venues across the globe.

Steve and Joe Wall, from the band, The Walls, who are playing at the Dublin rally said they were delighted to have the chance to highlight the importance of bringing an end to poverty.

Joe said: “If we can waste money in this country on electronic voting equipment and building the National Aquatic Centre, we can surely spend 70c out of every €100 earned on aid.”

The Make Poverty History rally received 20,000 messages of support after Bono called on fans at three sold-out U2 concerts in Dublin over the weekend to text their determination to bring an end to world poverty.

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was booed when he attended Saturday night’s show at Croke Park when Bono called on him to honour commitments made by the Government.

Tonight’s rally, which cost €30,000 to organise, was set up to highlight the fight against poverty rather than raise funds.

The line-up for the evening will include a mix of Irish and African music including The Walls, Kila, Mundy, The Devlins, Hothouse Flowers and the Garden Street Gospel Choir and the Ballymun Gospel Choir.

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