30,000 or 100,000? That is the politically crucial question in relation to the numbers of people who attended yesterday’s massive demonstrations in Dublin against the government-imposition of water taxes (at the behest of the EU, ECB and IMF, of course, as well as some rather influential commercial interests at home). The Garda Síochána stopped issuing official crowd-estimates for public events some time ago, a decision perhaps not unrelated to the growth of the anti-austerity rallies. During the last big anti-charges demonstration in the capital the Gardaí declined to comment on the numbers, though the news media more or less agreed on 100,000 (albeit with evident reluctance in places). Yet this time around the forces of law and order have come up with an estimate for the newspapers, though one at variance with that given by the organisers and most of the international press.
Which tells its own story.