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Water charge protesters stage demonstration in Dublin

Published 17/09/2016

Protesters during an earlier demonstration against water charges
Protesters during an earlier demonstration against water charges

Thousands of anti-water charge protesters have staged a demonstration in Dublin.

Despite the recent suspension of the levy, the Right2Water organisation has insisted it will press ahead with its campaign for full abolition.

Spokesman Brendan Ogle said there was a misconception the issue had gone away.

He said: "We don't see it like that at all."

Right2Water is backed by trade unions including Mandate, Unite, the Communication Workers' Union, power union the TEEU and the Civil and Public Services Union.

Sinn Fein, People Before Profit, the Anti-Austerity Alliance and the Workers' Party also support the movement.

Earlier this year, the controversial water charges were suspended for at least nine months.

The government has ordered an independent review into utility Irish Water, set up to oversee the service and charges.

Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan said: "We have marched in the sun, in the rain and through the wind to drum home our demand. Yet it continues to fall upon deaf ears.

"The message has never been ambiguous or hard to work out.

"Abolition of water charges is the loud, clear and unequivocal demand of the Irish people."

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