Huge traffic disruptions following hauliers protest in Dublin; Minister says they ‘seriously consider’ expansion of rebate scheme

Huge traffic disruptions were occurred during a demonstration staged by hauliers yesterday over fuel price hike at Dublin port. The Port Tunnel was closed southbound for several hours and the traffic congestion continued even later on the day.

Multiple streets in the city were closed due to the protest, with Dublin City Council announcing the closure of Kildare Street, Molesworth Street and Merrion Square from Baggot Street to Clare Street junctions.

The protest was held by Irish Truckers and Haulage Association Against Fuel Prices, a Facebook group which conducted a similar protest over fuel price hike in November too.

Meanwhile Minister for Higher Education Harris criticised hauliers for causing traffic blocks saying it is “not the way to do business.”

He also said that the traffic disruptions caused other hard-pressed taxpayers very significant difficulty and for people who access health services.

In response to the protests, he added there was a meeting with the Irish Road Hauliers Association (IRHA) on Friday by Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton and following the meeting, the government is seriously considering a proposal by IHRA on the expansion of rebate scheme.

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