Councillor arrested at protest for locked-out Greyhound workers
Published 02/09/2014 | 12:56
An Independent councillor was arrested at a protest for the locked-out Greyhound Recycling workers in Dublin today.
Cabra/Finglas councillor Cieran Perry was arrested for a public order offence for his involvement in the picket at Greyhound Recycling's headquarters.
He was taken to Finglas Garda Station at approximately 9.30am this morning.
He told independent.ie the group had 'ensured' traffic and local residents were not disturbed by the protest.
"I was with a group of locals who had a picket set up on one side of the road, blocking a Greyhound truck," Cllr Perry said.
"We had ensured traffic and local residents weren't interfered with. We were asked by Gardaí to move, I told them it was an industrial dispute.
"They then handcuffed me and took me to Finglas Garda station."
Cllr. Perry said he was 'surprised' at the arrest, as he believed Gardai have been supportive of previous protests.
David Gaughran, a Socialist Workers Party member was also arrested at the scene.
GardaÍ in Finglas confirmed two men - one in his early 30s; the other in his early 50s - had been arrested for public order offences.
TD Joe Higgins had called for the men's release on Twitter.
"I call for release of Cllr Cieran Perry & Dave Gaughran. Arrests at peaceful protests are not acceptable. End #Greyhound #lockout2014. #dubw," he wrote online.
Both men were released an hour after their arrest.
Greyhound workers and their supporters have been protesting at the recycling firm's base in Cabra for almost eleven weeks.
Having refused to take a 35pc pay cut on June 17, a total of 78 workers have been locked out by the company's management.
In an earlier statement, Greyhound Recycling said:
"Trucks are being illegally blocked in breach of High Court injunctions and Greyhound staff are being subjected to serious intimidation."