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Anti-water charge protests take place around the country

Large crowds were reported at some of the demonstrations.

Updated 7.30pm

FullSizeRender The scene in Clonmel Source: Paddy Healy

PROTESTS AGAINST WATER charges have taken place in a number of locations in Ireland today. In Clonmel, a protest was organised by locals. It saw speakers such as local TD Seamus Healy, and representatives of Eirigi, Before Profit, Clonmel Says No and Sinn Féin speaking out against water charges.

Clonmel Demo 2 Source: Paddy Healy

Paddy Healy of the Workers and Unemployed Action Group – brother of Seamus – said that he estimated there were up to 2000 people there. The WUAG is part of the Right to Water campaign. “We brought two busloads [of people] up to Dublin” for the recent water charges protest, Healy said. He said that the WUAG was “delighted” with the turn out and described it as “the biggest demonstration I can remember in Clonmel”. A large crowd also took part in an anti-water charge protest in Ennis.

Source: counterculture ireland/YouTube

Sinn Féin organised a number of protests against water charges, including ones in Cabra, Donaghmede, Killester and Ballyfermot. A protest also took place in Cork, with protesters walking up the busy Patrick St.

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