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Tens of thousands take to the streets of Dublin to protest against water charges

Protesters marched across Dublin.

Updated 19.57pm

National Water Protest - Against Water Source: sam boal/Photocall Ireland

THOUSANDS OF PROTESTERS took to the the streets of Dublin today to protest against the water charges.

Before the demonstration began, organisers said they expected upwards of 10,000 people, however, they now estimate that 80,000 to 100,000 people took part.

The gardaí would not confirm the numbers of today’s protest, stating that they would not be making an estimate.

They said that the demonstration today has been peaceful with no reports of any arrests.

The march, which started at the Garden of Remembrance earlier, took protesters down O’Connell Street to the Dáil, before turning back and settling at the GPO to hear speeches.

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Speaking to TheJournal.ie, South Dublin County Councillor Gino Kenny said that he had not seen such a large crowd at a protest since 2003 when people marched against the war in Iraq.

“The atmosphere great today, so many people have taken part from all over the country. This is just the start of a much larger campaign. We mustn’t lose momentum, this is when people need to stand together,” he said, adding that the numbers that turned up today are an indication that the “government are in big trouble”.

National Water Protest - Against Water Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

There are significant delays in the city centre this afternoon.

Tweet by @An Garda Síochána Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter

AA Roadwatch advise motorists to avoid the following areas: Parnell Square, Frederick St, North Quays, O’Connell St, Wexford St, Georges St, Kildare St.

Here are some scenes from the day:

Tens of thousands take to the streets of Dublin to protest against water charges
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  • National Water Protest - Against Water

    Source: sam boal
  • National Water Protest - Against Water

    Source: sam boal
  • National Water Protest - Against Water

    Source: sam boal
  • National Water Protest - Against Water

    Source: sam boal
  • National Water Protest - Against Water

    Source: sam boal
  • National Water Protest - Against Water

    Source: sam boal
  • National Water Protest - Against Water

    Source: sam boal

First published 14.30pm. Additional reporting Christina Finn 

Read: Is water a human right?

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