Protest in Dublin against wave of violence

Around 300 anti-apartheid demonstrators marched through the streets of Dublin on 15 June 1985. The rally was organised by the Anti-Apartheid Movement to highlight the wave of violence against blacks in South Africa and to call on the government to press the United Nations for sanctions against the country. 

Among those who marched from Parnell Square to the Department of Foreign Affairs were trade unionists, members of the Labour Party, Sinn Féin and other political groups.

Speakers included Mary Manning of the Dunnes Stores strikers, who had been suspended from the Henry Street supermarket the previous year for refusing to handle South African fruit. Nine of her colleagues had walked out in support of her. In her speech, Manning criticised the recent Labour Court recommendation that they return to work.

Caroline Erskine reports for RTÉ News on 15 June 1985.