Farmers drive their tractors to Dublin in a 5-day protest against falling incomes.

On 6 January 2003, farmers from all over Ireland set out in their tractors to drive to Dublin to protest against falling incomes. By the third day of the protest, 2,000 tractors were travelling in tractorcade convoy to Dublin. The farmers arrived in Dublin on Friday 10 January, but agreed to minimise disruption to the city by limiting their convoy to 300 tractors. They descended on Merrion Square at 11.30am for the final stage of the protest, where John Dillon of the IFA gave a speech listing the farmers’ demands.

Joe O’Brien reports for RTÉ News on 10 January 2003. He says that the farmers “have shown yet again that they are still a strong force in Irish society”.