Tuesday 25 April 2017

10,000 turn out to 'bin your bill' water protest in Dublin

Anti Water charges protesters assemble on Dublin's O'Connell Street. Photo: Tony Gavin
Anti Water charges protesters assemble on Dublin's O'Connell Street. Photo: Tony Gavin
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Some 10,000 water protesters took to the streets of Dublin city centre to call for a national boycott to water charges.

Marching from the Garden of Remembrance to Leinster House, the demonstrators carried banners and signs asking people not to pay their water bills, sent out by Irish Water at the beginning of last week.

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Right2Water campaigners said close to 15,000 people had taken part in the protest, while Gardai put the figure closer to 10,000.

The anti-water charge protesters, who called for a mass boycott of people paying the water charges, dumped their water bills in to a bin outside Leinster House.

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Many chanted anti-government and anti-austerity slogans as they marched through the city.

Joined by a number of socialist and anti left-wing politicians, many of those marching warned that the money paid to Irish Water would towards paying banking debts, and not for the repair and upkeep of the water network as claimed by the Government and Irish Water.

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