Irish Protests

Water 2, Patrick Browne

Photo: Patrick Browne/independent.ie

People were protesting in the city on Saturday. Dame Street. Along the quays. Even Mary Street. Yeah, a small bunch of people must have pealed off and gone down Mary Street, I don’t know why.

The government is bringing in water charges.

A man with a microphone chants: “You can stick your water charges up your arse.” The people around him shout back “up your arse.”

You know, I think Irish protests are too jolly.

The protests against the Iraq War were like a carnival, but I think they were like that all over.

You look at pictures of protests in the Eighties and people look pissed off.

Were they less fatalistic? Is it that the more you believe nothing can change, the more you take to horsing around?

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