Large pre election water charges protest march passes through Dublin


The footage you are watching is the 20th Feb  protest against the water charges in Dublin speeded up by a factor of four so it doesn't take a long time to play.  The match took place the Saturday before the general election is to take place in the south and it's a good time to ask with the election drawing close is this really going to bring the changes we are looking for

Should campaigning for the elections have become the big priority that it did?  I would like to say no and the reason for that is I think real change only comes from grassroots activity from the bottom up. A grassroots activity which is in direct competition for resources  in terms of time, money  and effort with electoral campaigning

There's no denying that for a lot of people will be an opportunity to throw a very much hated government of the Labour Party and Fine Gael out of power but that's just as we throw the governments of Fianna Fail and the Green Party out of power years beforehand.  We need to get off the roundabout and set about creating real change.

WORDS & VIDEO Editing: Andrew Flood (Follow Andrew on Twitter )