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Time running out: Rebecca Keegan delivers her message to politicians outside the Dáil. 
Photo: Gerry Mooney

Time running out: Rebecca Keegan delivers her message to politicians outside the Dáil. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Time running out: Rebecca Keegan delivers her message to politicians outside the Dáil. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Hundreds of secondary school students flocked to Dublin city centre yesterday as part of the Friday For Future climate action protest.

The General Election wasn't far from the minds of those who had gathered at the 61st-in-a-row weekly protest at the gates of the Dáil.

Around 300 activists turned up to spread one final green message on the eve of the election.

Many were moved to tears while listening to a recording of children in Australia about bush fires, before holding hands and singing a song in solidarity.

Rebecca Keegan, from Coolmine Community School, in Dublin, said she fears that Ireland's future might hold something similar.

"Clearly Leo didn't do a good job protecting the environment," the 13-year-old said.

"Listening to those children in Australia, it makes me sad about what the future might hold in Ireland.

"I don't want my future kids to end up like that fighting for their life. I want them to have a good, fun-filled life."

Evan Pereira, a 16-year-old student from Athy College in Kildare, added: "Our politics is broken.

"The two party system of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil has let us down time and time again. Go out, take the politicians head on, get your voices heard."

Irish Independent