Gardai called for protesting parents' row over canvassing
Published 24/05/2014 | 02:30
GARDAI were called to a polling station in Dublin after a row broke out over canvassing rules.
A group of parents protesting the closure of a school were told they could not hand out leaflets to voters as they left the polling centre.
Local and European election candidate Brid Smith said she was called by one of the parents protesting outside De La Salle primary school in Ballyfermot.
The People Before Profit member said she knew the group but insisted they were not linked to any political party or election candidate.
Ms Smith said gardai were called and the group were eventually told to move back 50 metres from the school.
A garda spokesman confirmed they were called to the scene and said no one was arrested.
Meanwhile, there were claims yesterday that elderly and disabled people were prevented from accessing a polling station where the only access was a narrow path skirting a railed off building site.
Voters at the newly opened Holy Rosary school in Old Court Avenue in Dublin 24, could only fill out their ballot sheets after a lengthy walk from the back of the local church in the pouring rain.
"It's disgraceful," said Rita McMahon of Old Court Road, who had to grab a nearby pole as she tried to negotiate her way down the side of the church.
"It's just not good enough. There's a lot of elderly people around here," she added.
Attempts to call the County Sheriff about the polling station were unsuccessful.
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