PAYE workers across Ireland march to demand reform of the tax system shutting down business in the process.
Two weeks after Taoiseach Charles Haughey declared "We are living beyond our means", workers throughout the country united in protest against what they believe to be a crippling tax system. The protesters were supported by trade unions.
In Waterford, between twelve and fourteen thousand people joined the protest. In Atholone, around five thousand union and non-union workers joined forces in protest. More than eight thousand people took part in a demonstration in Letterkenny, County Donegal. Over five thousand workers made up Cavan town's biggest ever street demonstration.
There was the new sight of bank managers shoulder to shoulder with tradesmen.
Ninety per cent of shops and industry in Bray in County Wicklow were closed as a result of the protest. Fifteen thousand protested in Kilkenny, demanding an end to discrimination and a better tax deal for married women. Over six thousand protested in Tralee County Kerry representing all walks of life from taxi drivers to teachers and journalists. Workers from the Tralee tax office even took part in the protest ensuring that the government got the message.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 January 1980. The reporters are Rowan Hand and Brendan O'Brien.