Thousands attend Right2Water protest in Dublin

Campaigners are calling for a referendum to make sure water services won't be privatized

Thousands attend Right2Water protest in Dublin

Thousands of people protest in Dublin city this afternoon against the charging of water | Image:

Thousands of people have attended a protest over water charges in Dublin's City Centre this afternoon.

Within the past hour or so, the marchers have arrived at Dame Street, which has been closed as a result.

The protest has caused traffic delays in Dublin this afternoon, with traffic along the North Quays being affected the most. 

Campaigners are calling for a referendum to guarantee that water services will never be privatised. They also want the Government to implement the scrapping of water charges.

A number of politicians have attended today's protest including Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald and Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett. 

Speaking at the protest, the People Before Profit TD said the Government is trying to "subvert" the recommendations of the Oireachtas committee which has resisted attempts to charge for excessive use rather than wilful overuse.

Brendan Ogle of the Right2Water group said the protests over the past three years have "run two governments ragged" who are "trying to steal our human right to water".

Mark Kavanagh, a representative of striking Bus Éireann workers also spoke at the protest. He said the Right2Water was an "inspiration" for their current dispute.