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VIDEO: Tidal wave of anger washes across the country as thousands demonstrate against water charges

Cllr John Lyons of People Before Profit speaks to those gathered at Donnycarney church
Cllr John Lyons of People Before Profit speaks to those gathered at Donnycarney church
Gardai escort protesters at one of the rallies in Dublin
Gardai escort protesters at one of the rallies in Dublin
One of the rallies takes to the streets of the capital
One of the rallies takes to the streets of the capital
Campaigners at a rally today
Campaigners at a rally today

A tidal wave of anger washed over parts of the capital today as thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against the hated water charges.

Organisers estimate that over 100,000 people are taking part in the more than 90 protests being staged in towns and cities across the country today.

There are more than 20 planned for the capital with various rallies gathering in suburbs across the city.

Campaigners say this will be the issue that will put the Government "on the ropes”.

"If the demonstrations don't convince them to ditch it, a mass boycott of the bills is inevitable in January,” Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger declared.

Aileen Tevlin of Kilbarrack and Catherine Murphy of Donaghmede  were at the rally in the Northside suburb.

“I’ve worked hard since I was 18,” Aileen said. “I’m a nurse and have paid taxes all my life.

“I feel I've paid enough  to the  State. I don’t see why I should have to pay one cent for this Water Tax.”

Bernadette Pope from Donaghmede, and Marie Grimes and Esther Smyth from Donaghmede  were also taking part in the protest that attracted around 400 people.

“This is just how strongly we feel about it,” said Bernadette. “We just felt that we had to come out and show our support.”

The Labour leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton said the Government was examining a "fair price" for consumers.

Irish Water is due to issue its first bills at the end of January following a decision by the Commission for Energy Regulation to extend the validation campaign until the end of this month.