The Irish economy - once the Celtic Tiger - is one of the worst-hit by the worldwide recession. Unemployment currently stands at 12% and the country is 12bn Euros in debt.
Last week the Irish government brought in what many are calling the severest budget in the nation's history. Wages for public sector workers were cut, and welfare spending was reduced, and anger is growing that the country's poor seem to be paying for the mistakes of the rich.
Correspondent Mike Thomson reports from Dublin.