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Water charges: Almost 100 protests across Republic of Ireland

Tens of thousands of people have taken part in nationwide protests against the introduction of water charges in the Republic of Ireland.

Almost 100 separate demonstrations were staged in towns and cities on Saturday, over charges introduced last month.

The controversial austerity measure is a key part of the government’s plan to pay back the international financial bailout the state had to seek in 2010.

It was one of the largest ever mass protests over Irish government policy.

‘Had enough’

Irish police said they were not able to provide official estimates of the numbers attending rallies and marches across the state.

However, Irish state broadcaster, RTÉ, reported that more than 120,000 people attended demonstrations throughout the day.

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