Thousands protest in Limerick over water charges

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Cllr Cian Prendiville burning an Irish water application pack and (below) Bridget and Anna Cusack, Corbally who took part in the march     Picture: Dave Gaynor
CHANTS of “no way, we won’t pay” and “not a penny for Enda Kenny” rang out in Limerick city centre this afternoon as an estimated 6,000 people took part in an anti-water charges protest march.

CHANTS of “no way, we won’t pay” and “not a penny for Enda Kenny” rang out in Limerick city centre this afternoon as an estimated 6,000 people took part in an anti-water charges protest march.

After gathering outside City Hall the protesters marched through the city centre via O’Connell Street, Shannon Street, Henry Street and Arthur’s Quay before burning hundreds of Irish Water application forms in a Halloween-themed barrell.

Addressing the crowds, Cllr Cian Prendiville of the Anti Austerity Alliance (AAA) said ordinary people across the country are seeking the abolishment of water charges completely and that the campaign is at the beginning and not the end.

A number of those who took part in today’s march wore Halloween masks while one man wearing a Michael Noonan mask was dressed as the Grim Reaper.

Meanwhile, the Cathaoirleach of Limerick City and County Cllr Kevin Sheahan, who took part in the march, has called for abolishment of Irish water.

“The issue of water charges is not going away, that must be obvious to everybody, I hope the people in Dublin realise that. The thing I have found with my own people is the bonus issue really made them angry, the extra charges for callouts and things like that really got their backs up and I see many of them here today - people who have never marched in their lives,” he told the Limerick Leader.

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