Donegal says No - that was the clear message from Letterkenny this afternoon as thousands of people turned out to protest against the introduction of water charges.

An estimated 10,000 people took to the streets of Donegal's largest town to vent their feelings.

Protesters carried a variety of banners and changed various slogans as they left the Government in no doubt that the introduction of water charges has hit a raw never.

The Letterkenny rally was the biggest seen in the town for decades.

It was also one of the biggest nationally on a day where around 90 protests took place.

The protest was organised by Right2 Water but with a local steering committee. Those taking part ranged from individuals to anti-water charges groups and public representatives.

The Letterkenny protest caused considerable traffic congestion in the town.

Some traders, while sympathetic to the right to protest, pointed out that they lost thousands of euro in business as a result of the demonstration.

A number of speakers addressed the crowd at the end of the march which began on the Port Road and went through the centre of the town to the Market Square.

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