Sat Jan 31st, 2009 at 08:47:32 PM EST
A meeting is due to take place later at a city centre location in Dublin to try to resolve the situation at Waterford Crystal.
Trade union officials from Waterford are travelling up this afternoon and will be meeting with David Begg, General Secretary of ICTU, Dermot McCarthy, secretary to the Taoiseach and other Government representatives.
The receiver, David Carson, has told the trade union officials he will attend that meeting.
Sleeping bags and blankets were brought in, as were food parcels, most of which were donated locally.
An estimated 2,000 people have attended a rally in support of the Waterford Crystal workers.
The occupation of the factory is continuing and a flag depicting the starry plough has been raised on the main flag pole at the Visitor Centre. Source
The Starry Plough - for those of you not familiar with it - is associated with the Irish Citizens Army who took part in the 1916 Rising in Ireland. They were led by celebrated trade union leader James Connolly.
Coincidentally this year in Ireland marks the centenary of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union founded by Connolly and Jim Larkin, a trade union leader forever associated with the Dublin Lockout of 1913.
Meanwhile we await a savage round of cutbacks owing to a massive housing bust!