#BBCtrending: Anger at Irish water charges surges online

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Thousands are sharing songs and videos online to protest against the introduction of new water charges in the Republic of Ireland.

The controversial austerity measure is part of the government's plan to pay back the money Ireland was given as part of an international financial bailout in 2010.

The government says more money is needed for investment in water pipes and infrastructure, and that the alternative to charges would be higher income taxes.

But tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets up and down the country, and the campaigning is just as vociferous online.

Reporter: Anne-Marie Tomchak

Video journalist: Greg Brosnan

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