A group of 300 marched through the streets of Dublin this weekend calling on the government to tackle unemployment and try to stop the constant flow of young Irish leaving the country.
Latest figures show that 92,000 Irish people under the age of 25 are unemployed. It is estimated that 70,000 young Irish people emigrated last year and this figure is set to increase this year.
On Saturday, a festival called "Reclaim the City", focused on the massive unemployment figures in Ireland and criticized the government for what they called a "demoralizing situation for Ireland’s youth”.
One of the festival organizers, James Toole, explained that through this even they hoped to highlights the reality facing a "huge number of young Irish people” being forced to emigrate to find work.
“We’re aiming to highlight the issue facing a large number of 18-24-year-olds in the country that are finding themselves in this demoralizing situation of having no prospects of working in the near future.”
The Right to Work Campaign group organized the festival. It began with the protest march through the city leading to Central Bank where speakers and a band entertained the crowd. The crowds shouted anti-government chants and placards read "We want jobs, not Anglo bailouts.”
Cllr Richard Boyd-Barrett, from People Before Profit, told the crowd that the anger in Ireland and among the young people was huge. He called on the government to try and stop the mass emigration which has overtaken Ireland.
Sinn Féin’s, Cllr Dessie Ellis asked for “greater action to be taken that will get people off dole queues and back into the workforce.”