On 20 March 1979 one of the largest protests ever seen in Ireland took place when PAYE workers assembled in objection to the tax system.  

A series of major protests against the PAYE tax system began in March 1979. PAYE workers were contributing most of Ireland's tax revenue and felt that they were being treated unfairly by the tax system. 

An estimated 150,000 people marched through Dublin city centre. The crowds on the streets of Dublin were reminiscent of the 1913 Lockout, the 1932 Eucharistic Congress and the 1963 visit of President John F. Kennedy. 

Watch a RTÉ News report from 20 March 1979, with Derek Davis and Seán Carberry reporting.
 

PAYE Workers Strike (1979)
PAYE Workers Strike, O'Connell Street, Dublin (1979) © RTÉ Archives 0706/050

PAYE Workers Strike (1979)
PAYE Workers Strike, O'Connell Street, Dublin (1979) © RTÉ Archives 0706/043

PAYE Workers Strike (1979)
PAYE Workers Strike, O'Connell Street, Dublin (1979) © RTÉ Archives 0706/040