Tens of thousands take to streets of Dublin for pre-election Right2Change protest

The group says 100 election candidates have signed up to its policy principles

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Right2Change protest. Image: RollingNews.ie

Tens of thousands have taken to the streets of Dublin city to voice their opposition to water charges and other austerity measures.

The protest was organised by the Right to Change organisation to mark the final week of the General Election campaign.

The Right2Change movement developed from the Right2Water campaign, which was set up to call for the abolition of Irish Water.

Image: Caoimhseach Connolly

These people at the march say that while they are against water charges, they are also against other austerity measures introduced by the current Government:

Today's march travelled from the Garden of Remembrance, up O'Connell Street, down the south quays, and to College Green / Dame Street where the crowd gathered following the march.

The movement says 100 election candidates have signed up to its policy principles, the majority of whom are representing with Sinn Féin.

Speaking ahead of today's march, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said, "in the last weekend of the campaign Enda Kenny and the government parties are ratcheting up their scare tactics. Their policy positions have no credibility because for the vast majority of families there is no recovery.

“Enda Kenny wants to be returned to power to continue his austerity policies and his chaotic management of the health service. There is a better way to govern our society. To build a fair recovery and a better Ireland," Mr Adams added.

Image: Caoimhseach Connolly