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in The impact of the Troubles on the Republic of Ireland, 1968–79
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On 22 January 1980, in what the Irish Times called the 'biggest demonstration of organised labour in the history of the state', an estimated 700,000 people participated in trade union marches across the Republic. They were demanding reform of the state's tax regime. Later that year, Tim Pat Coogan lamented that 'more people marched to get the PAYE system changed in a few days than the North brought onto the streets in ten years'. Indeed, the previous year 150,000 people in Dublin had taken part in one of the first tax marches. The perception of southern self-interest being far more powerful than solidarity with nationalists was a strong one. Republicans have sometimes asserted that without censorship the south would have risen in their support. The mirror image of that belief is that without Section 31 the public would have blindly followed the IRA.

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