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GRIDLOCK; Truckers vow to bring Ireland to a halt.

IRELAND'S lorry drivers are threatening to bring the country to its knees in protest over the high cost of fuel.

Around 1,200 Irish hauliers yesterday agreed to take to the streets in two one-day mass rallies.

However, they have given the Government until midday tomorrow to back down over a decision not to grant tax concessions or the protests will start on Friday.

The Irish Road Hauliers' Association yesterday warned Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy that drivers needed action urgently.

"Our businesses are going to the wall. We can't wait until the budget in three months time. It will be too late for many drivers,'' said IRHA president Jerry McMahon.

But Minister McCreevy is refusing to back down and told the drivers last night: ''There is nothing I can do.''

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Author:Breslin, John
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2000
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