Gardai are warning that the tractor protest undertaken by farmers in Dublin yesterday will continue to impact inner city traffic today in Dublin.
The farmers began their protest at Merrion Square, and made their way to Kildare Street, demanding a meeting with Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, TD. Many slept in their tractors and vans last night and are continuing their protest today with the possibility that other routes, including the M50 could be hit if the protest escalates.
As of this morning, the following streets around Leinster House and St Stephen's Green are affected. Stephen’s Green East and North, Kildare St and Dawson St. Earlsfort Terrace has one lane open to traffic. Leeson St outbound closed. Kevin St and Cuffe St closed heading towards Stephen’s Green. Merrion Square South and East closed.
Closures in place sth city centre, St Stephen’s Green. Stephen’s Green East and North, Kildare St and Dawson St. Earlsfort Terrace has one lane open to traffic. Leeson St outbound closed. Kevin St/Cuffe St closed heading towards Stephen’s Green. Merrion Square Sth & East closed— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) November 27, 2019
Farmers launched the tractor protest yesterday to highlight the falling incomes of the farming community, especially those in the beef and meat sector.
With Brexit looming, many fear the complete economic collapse of the farming industry, and the impact thereof on rural Ireland.
The protesters further threatened to undertake more protests on major motorways, including the M50 today.
See AA Roadwatch for updates; also, updates will be issued via @gardatraffic twitter account.