Heavy traffic caused by today’s truckers’ protest caused a 92-year-old woman to miss a medical appointment she had been ‘waiting for for two years’.
A listener told RTE’s Today with Claire Byrne that she and her elderly mother left their house at 6 a.m., but were stuck in traffic on the freeway and only walked a few yards in two time.
Writing on the show, the listener said: ‘I’m sitting next to my 92 year old mother. We left home at 6 a.m. to go to Dublin for a one-day medical procedure that my mother has been waiting for for two years.
“We are currently sitting in traffic on the M50 having spent the past two hours driving a few yards.
“We have long since missed his appointment.
“My mother is in tears. The hospital is very sorry and will try to reschedule her as soon as possible, but I know it will be difficult.
“Traffic warning signs on the highway now show a traffic jam for 15 kilometers. I don’t know what will be gained from this.
“My mum wants to go home but obviously we can’t turn around.”
Hundreds of truckers from across Ireland arrived in Dublin today for a protest calling on the Irish government to cut the cost of fuel to save their industry.
The groups, who call themselves the Irish Truckers and Haulage Association Against Fuel Prices, traveled in slow convoys through Dublin city center early this morning.
Truckers remain parked in Kildare Street and streets near the Dail on Wednesday afternoon in protest at rising fuel prices.
Dubliners took to social media to complain about the noise as convoys of lorries reached the city center honking their horns.
Along with noise complaints, the protest caused major traffic disruption on roads to the capital and in parts of Dublin city centre.
The latest update from Gardai says the worst of the traffic is now on the southbound M50 from Junction 7 at Palmerstown to Junction 9 at Red Cow.
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