The Republic of Ireland was on strike today and it was the largest public strike in 30 years. Ireland’s economy has been particularly hard hit by the downturn and a decline in property values is causing considerable angst in the country. The government has been cutting benefits, pensions and a host of services in order to attempt to balance its budget, but apparently has been doing so with enough consultation with those being influenced by these actions.
It is likely that airports will expereince slowdowns and it that customs services will be significantly understaffed as a result of today’s strike. Be prepared for slow going. Many hospitals have closed to appointments today and the Garda (police) have indicated that speeding tickets will not be given today. While today’s strike will cause difficulty for travelers, it may be just the buildup to further government cuts expected in mid-December and more civil unrest.
If you are planning travel in Ireland, keep an eye on the local press and be prepared for additional strikes in December.
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