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60,000 march against education cuts in Dublin

A massive demonstration against education cuts, organised by the teachers' unions, saw over 60,000 teachers, parents and students take to the streets of Dublin on Saturday 6 December.

Paul Murphy, Socialist Party, Ireland

Around 100,000 have now demonstrated around the country to oppose attacks on education. There is widespread anger against the cutbacks which will result in Ireland having the highest pupil/teacher ratio in Europe and a reduction in the quality of education.

5,000 Socialist Party (CWI Ireland) leaflets were distributed, over 250 papers were sold and a number of people indicated they were interested in joining the party. Socialist Youth organised a group of secondary school students on the protest and met many others who were interested in being involved in a school students' campaign against the cuts.

We argued that the demonstration was an important step that must be followed up by building a strong campaign. We advocated the establishment of local action groups of students, parents and teachers to resist the cuts. We also called for the trade union movement to organise a national work stoppage to defeat all the budget cuts.

In this issue

Stop job cuts

Socialist Party NHS campaign

Save our NHS

International socialist news and analysis

Greece in widespread revolt

Queen's rep suspends Canada's parliament

Chicago workers occupy factory

Socialist Party editorial

Welfare 'reform' - fight these attacks

Crisis loans

Socialist Party campaigns

Usdaw presidential election - support Robbie!

DNA evidence - Labour's draconian laws...

Jean Charles de Menezes Coroner restricts inquest verdict

Lewisham's Greens and the BNP 'supporters list'

Education fightback

Student struggle in Spain - time of revolt

60,000 march against education cuts in Dublin

Wales - the true extent of student debt exposed

Workplace news and analysis

PCS gains steps towards settlement

Militant response needed at ex-Visteon plant to save jobs

South Wales job losses

The National Shop Stewards Network is organising a meeting for car workers and those in ancillary industries:

Unite against university attacks

Hospital trust offers pay cuts for Christmas

In brief

Environment and socialism

Water - essential of life or blue gold?

Socialist Party review

Socialism and left unity - a critique of the Socialist Workers Party


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10 December 2008