See the thousands gathered in Dublin to protest water charges

Thousands of people have gathered in Dublin for a national demonstration against water charges.

Protestors are making their way from Connolly and Heuston stations towards St Stephens Green calling for the charges to be abolished.


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The rally will also make its way past Apple's headquarters in protest against the governments decision to appeal the EU's ruling that the tech giant pay Ireland €13bn in unpaid taxes.

"People power will eventually bring this down," said one protester.

"It's been shown to work thus far, the political establishment are shaking in their boots, so this needs to be done.

"People need to get out and put shoes on the ground."

One woman at the march said: "This is just an austerity tax to bailout the developers who got bailed out by Nama and screwed us over, so that's why we're here."

Water charges are currently suspended, pending the outcome of an expert commission which is examining the future of water services.

However Right2Water Co-ordinator David Gibney says people want to see the charges scrapped completely.

"People are very frustrated and angry at the fact that 70% of TDs who were returned to the Dáil this time around are against water charges - yet Fine Gael and the Government have managed to prolong the debate about this," he argued.

"They're subverting democracy and that's the way people feel. [People] are mobilising like never before for this demonstration because they're so frustrated."

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy, meanwhile, says he doesn't have confidence in the expert commission on water charges.

He says we should "simply cut out the middle man" of the commission and have the Dáil vote on the issue.

As well as calling for abolition of charges, the Right2Water group is also campaigning for a referendum to guarantee public ownership of water, as well as the rejection of the TTIP and CETA international trade agreements.


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