I don't usually post union news from any other countries except Canada but the numbers here are amazing! Crazy, better keep this in mind when you take your trip to Ireland!

More than 80,000 Irish protested in Dublin Saturday against the planned introduction of municipal water charges.
The march was the fifth major protest against water charges in the past 12 months, organized by the umbrella group of social movements and unions, Right2Water. Ireland first began billing residents for water in April by the state sponsored company Irish Water, in line with a condition imposed on the Irish government as part of its 2010 bailout package. Ireland's troika of international creditors, the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund, ordered the charges to boost taxes. However, critics say the charges will hurt poor and working class Irish, while being relatively gentle on the rich.

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