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Protesters occupy Irish Water HQ, call for public to 'join the resistance'

Protesters have now been cleared from the building after gardaí were called to the scene.
May 1st 2014, 6:39 PM 15,571 149

Source: Shane Brady

PROTESTERS WHO STAGED a sit-in at the Irish Water building in Talbot Street Dublin have now been cleared from the building.

A small group attempted to enter the building earlier this afternoon with placards urging people to “join the resistance against Irish Water”. They were only able to gain access to an area inside an external door, and not the actual offices. They remained here until gardaí were called to the scene.

Source: Shane Brady

A spokesperson for Irish Water told that the group “declined to engage” when representatives tried to speak to them. He added that there was “no shouting or roaring”, describing it as a “peaceful protest” and added that the demonstraters left the building at around 4.30pm.

Gardaí said there was no trouble at the protest and no arrests were made.

The protest, which is one of many that has taken place in recent weeks, comes after another Cabinet meeting yesterday in which the government failed to reach an agreement on water charges.

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