Thousands expected at national cost of living protest on Saturday

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Members of the Galway branch of the Cost of Living Coalition (COLC) will join thousands of people from across Ireland on Saturday at a major demonstration in Dublin.

The demonstration will assemble at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square at 2.30pm before marching to the Dáil.

The COLC is a broad coalition of political parties, community groups and trade unions that have come together to organise and demand action from the government to deal with the cost of living crisis.

With the government set to announce the budget shortly, the organisers say this is an opportunity for people to put pressure on them to bring in budget measures to address the cost of living crisis.

The Coalition has four key demands to address the cost of living crisis. It is calling for price caps on energy to reduce people’s bills for electricity and fuel, a windfall tax on energy corporations, a ban on evictions and a freeze on and reduction of rents.

To offset the higher cost of living, the coalition is also calling for higher wages, benefits and pensions to ensure people have enough money to live on.

The national demo on Saturday is the first major national event of the coalition and it will be followed by local actions around the country.

Those interested in getting involved can contact the Galway coalition on social media or at colcgalway@gmail.com