Dublin: Unions Protest Harsh Austerity Plan

A Dublin protest will take place today as tens of thousands of union workers gather to demonstrate against the Irish government's austerity plan.

Last weekend Ireland officially requested a bailout from the EU and IMF to repair its troubled banking system. In order to meet the terms of the deal, the country must increase taxes and make major spending and job cuts.

Irish Premier Brian Cowen announced the new austerity measures Wednesday, admitting that living standards would fall under the plan.

Ireland's Congress of Trade Unions planned a demonstration in response to the news. The group represents various labor unions and holds about 832,000 members.

According to the Associated Press, Congress of Trade Unions Secretary David Begg says that there is no economic, social, or moral justification for the new government measures.

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