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Rebecca Keegan takes part in the protest.  Picture: Gerry Mooney

Rebecca Keegan takes part in the protest. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Young people who care about the planet take part in the protest.  Picture: Gerry Mooney

Young people who care about the planet take part in the protest. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Rebecca Keegan takes part in the protest. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Hundreds of secondary school students flocked to Dublin city centre yesterday for a climate action protest.

It was the 61st week in a row that such a protest had taken place at the gates of the Dail, and around 300 students turned up to spread one final green message on the eve of the general election.

Shocked

One of the organisers, Beth Doherty (16), said her schoolmates were shocked to see reports on climate change and decided to take action.

"I read that we only have 10 years to change," the fifth-year student said.

"Myself and a group of friends got together and decided we wanted to do something about it.

"The student climate movement has brought climate change to the fore and it's very much now top of the priority list."

Many at the protest were moved to tears while listening to a recording of children in Australia describing their exper- iences with bushfires.

They held hands and sang a song in solidarity.

Evan Pereira (16), from Athy College, Kildare, said: "Our politics are broken. The two-party system of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail has let us down time and time again. Take on the politicians head-on."