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Protests come and go, said Michael Noonan last weekend, but water charges are here to stay. So put down the placards and suck it up.

19th October, 2014
We use the equivalent of two baths of water per person per day, way ahead of many of our European neighbours. Picture: Thinkstock

‘You can shove your water meter!” So ran one of the many fighting-talk placards carried last weekend as 20,000, 50,000 or perhaps even 100,000 people (depending on your ideological vantage point) marched through central Dublin in protest at the government’s imposition of water charges.

Meanwhile, in Tallaght, independent anti-austerity candidate Paul Murphy took the seat in the Dublin South-West by-election almost wholly because of his anti-water charges stance. “The message to government is: axe...

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