A rally against growing unemployment takes place in Dublin city centre.

Organised by the Youth section of the Labour Party marchers from all over Ireland submitted letters of protest at the head offices of the Federation Union of Employers and the Confederation of Irish Industry.

Addressing the rally Senator John Carroll said he hoped that a delay in setting up the National Development Corporation did not mean a weakening of the government's commitment to solving the unemployment problem and job creation.

Labour Party Chairman Michael D Higgins criticised the failure of successive governments on the subject of unemployment. He further challenged the government to have to courage to say,

We are not for the masses of the people.
We are not for the workers.
We represent capitalism in its old, new and modern forms within the Irish economy.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 31 October 1981.