Waterford commuters caught up traffic chaos as farmers’ blockade escalates
Frustrated Waterford commuters have been caught up in traffic chaos engulfing the capital this morning as the farmers’ blockade entered its second day.
Dublin city-centre came to a virtual standstill as farmers, angry at the lack of progress on promises made to them over the summer, ramped up their protest.
Local commuters working and travelling to Dublin this morning reported being held up for hours as gardai put several diversions in place in a bid to ease the congestion.
Agriculture Minister Michael Creed met with farmers picketing outside the Dáil this morning. The minister appealed to them to lift the blockade, but his attempts at mediation failed.
The farmers are angry at comments made by Minister Creed in the Dáil yesterday in which he implied death threats were made against the management of a meat factory in Longford during the beef crisis protests over the summer. The farmers strenuously deny this.
Minister Creed told the farmers: “We are trying to work to get a solution to that, but it is not easy because people have been threatened and that’s not an easy thing.”
Due to the number of tractors brought to the capital by farmers from all around the county, commuters have badly affected, with streets closed and buses diverted.
Molesworth Street, Merrion Square South, St Stephen’s Green East, Kildare Street and Merrion Street Upper, Merrion Row, Cuffe Street and Kevin Street remain closed to traffic until further notice.
Luas services are operating as normal.