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Irish Water protesters leave their estates for protest in Dublin city centre

The new water charges are set to begin in just under two weeks time.

A PROTEST WAS staged outside of the GPO on O’Connell Street today against the new charges set to be introduced by Irish Water.

The protest was organised by the group ‘Dublin Says No’ and saw protesters from different areas in the city including Tallaght and Crumlin as well as others from around the country coming into the capital’s city centre.

water charges 1 Source: Leah Farrell/Photocall

It was estimated by garda at the scene that the crowd at one point reached around 450  before falling off to around 300.

Protesters carried signs reading “when injustice becomes law resistance becomes duty!” and “no banana republic, the people say no”.

The water charges are set to come into effect in just under two weeks time at the start of October.

water charges 2 Source: Leah Farrell/Photocall

There has been criticism over the new charges in relation to what constiutes realistic water use and exemptions for individuals with medical needs. 

Last week it emerged that households on long-term boil notices could be in line for further discounts to the water charges.

This comes after an announcement made by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly earlier in the week.

Read: Households with undrinkable water could be in line for a bigger discount

Also: This former MEP is running for the Dáil on a single issue: water charges

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