Truckers across Ireland are gathering in Dublin city centre on Monday to protest the rising cost of fuel with major traffic disruptions expected as a result.
The People of Ireland Against Fuel Prices Protest have organised a number of meeting points across the city with drivers and pedestrians due to join the call for change.
According to the group's Facebook page, vehicles began gathering at 3am in a number of locations including:
- M1 Applegreen Service Station Lusk Southbound
- M4 Kinnegad Plaza
- M7 Toughers Truck Stop Naas
- M11/M50 Carrickmines Retail Park
Those involved in the outcry have warned that once they make it into the city, they will not move “until our demands are met,” with widespread disruption expected.
On Monday morning, Dublin City Council's Traffic and Incident Management has already warned of areas barricaded by the early morning protest.
A spokesperson wrote: "Trucks are blocking East Wall Rd at the roundabout and Sean Moore Rd at the roundabout Moore Rd."They then confirmed that: "Access to Tom Clarke Bridge is now blocked in both directions. Please avoid the Dublin Port Area."
Protestors were warned to bring enough food and water for a week or two by the online forum amid their desperate plea for lower fuel prices.
"We will need food, food and refreshments, we will also use local shops and restaurants to support them too,” one post read.
“There is no turning back, we shouldn't even have to do it. Once we are in we stop and we do not move until our demands are met."
Pedestrians were also asked to meet at the GPO on O'Connell Street at 9am by coordinators claiming: "This is for the people of Ireland and we will all benefit.”
They wrote: "Let's stand together once and for all.
"We want a peaceful protest so anyone who plans to cause trouble please stay at home.
"We hope you all understand and we are sorry for the inconvenience caused in advance.”
On Sunday night, gardai warned commuters to “plan accordingly” with major delays expected on motorways and on major roads into the city.
They’ll be issuing updates throughout the morning “as required.”
They wrote on Twitter: “Gardaí are aware of potential protest activity, particularly in the Dublin Region, tomorrow.
“This may impact early morning traffic particularly on the motorway network. Commuters should plan accordingly.”
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