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Thousands at Dublin water protest
29 Aug 2015 22:10
Tens of thousands of people have taken part in a national demonstration against water charges, which was held in Dublin city centre.
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Organisers have said the turnout was more than 80,000 people.
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Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy said the numbers show the Government is on the run over water charges.
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Independent TD Finian McGrath said the scale of the protest has sent out the clearest message yet to Government that water charges must be abolished.
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Sinn Féin Deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald echoed that call and urged the Government to do just that in the next budget.
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She described Irish Water as "one fiasco after the other".
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Organisers said the demonstration, which saw large numbers from across the country travelling to Dublin to protest, was among the biggest so far of the water charge campaign.
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A Department of the Environment spokesperson said the Government introduced certainty and affordability to water charges last November.
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The spokesperson added that the Government respects people right to protest but no further changes will be made to the water charges system.
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Right2Water said its campaign will continue until its objective - the abolition of domestic water charges - is achieved.
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Protesters assembled in two groups from at Heuston Station and Connolly Station before marching towards the Spire on O'Connell Street for the rally.
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