The Rebel Against Cutbacks student protest is going ahead with upwards of 5,000 students expected to attend. The protest, which precedes next week’s Budget, is the student body’s last chance to let their voices be heard and protest against further cuts in Education.
Deputy President of the UCCSU, Daithi Linanne, tells the students of Cork that “this is our last chance to show our anger and opposition to these cutbacks. The people think that this is an SU and USI led campaign but it hasn’t been. The real driving force is the students themselves. They’ve sent letters to their TDs, met them in person, registered to vote, and gone out on the street and protested. Without students, students’ unions are nothing. That’s why we need as many people as possible to protest today”.
The UCCSU and USI have worked closely with Gardai to ensure that today’s protest will go peacefully and smoothly, UCC Garda Liaison Officer John O’Halloran says on behalf of Anglesa Street “we hope it [the protest] goes well and peacefully. Everyone has the right to protest and we fully support that”.
The protest met at UCC Amphitheatre today at 12:00pm and will march through the city centre to Grand Parade for the rally itself.