Thousands of water tax protesters protest close to government buildings in Dublin Ireland, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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Tens of thousands of people opposed to the introduction of new austerity measures protested in Dublin on Wednesday in a rare mass demonstration that increases pressure on the Irish government.Dublin committed to impose water charges as part of its EU-IMF bailout but with the first bills set to arrive in the new year, a massive campaign emerged in recent months calling for an abolition of the fees.Anti-Austerity Alliance lawmaker Paul Murphy, who campaigned against the charges to win a Dublin by-election in October, said charging for water was a step too far for most people.The minister responsible for the water charges, Environment Minister Alan Kelly, described the protest as "a significant day" but insisted there would be no further climbdown.
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