Budget protests are back in the news following recent announcements made in Budget 2014. Five years to the day following the 2008 protest, a protest is planned for today outside Dáil Éireann. The protest, organised by the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament, plans to voice opposition to cuts made under Budget 2014.
On this day in 2008 around 15,000 people took to the streets in a march on Leinster House over the proposed scrapping of the automatic entitlement to medical cards for the over seventies.
Their message was clear - to restore the medical card to all people over the age of 70. In direct response to the protest, the Fianna Fail, Green and PD coalition government revoked their plans to cut the automatic entitlement.
In this RTÉ News report the then opposition leaders, Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore, speaking out against the proposed cuts.
A RTÉ News report by Joe Little from Leinster House on 22 October, 2008.