Thursday 23 October 2014

Shop steward injured after 'hit and run on picket line'

Published 04/07/2014 | 02:30

Mr Geraghty was taken to Tallaght hospital where he was treated for his injuries
Mr Geraghty was taken to Tallaght hospital where he was treated for his injuries

A union shop steward who was picketing outside a recycling plant was allegedly struck by a hit-and-run driver last night.

SIPTU shop steward Niall Geraghty was sent flying and landed face down on the road in front of a bin lorry at the Greyhound plant in Clondalkin, according to witness and colleague Henry O'Shea, who is an organiser with the union.

Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, Mr O'Shea said he and Mr Geraghty were picketing when a white Transit van "zoomed past and just missed me but hit Niall".

The driver didn't stop and "just kept going," he said.

Mr Geraghty was taken to Tallaght hospital where he was treated for his injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening.

Gardai last night were unable to confirm the incident.

However, a spokesman for Greyhound said that the van in question did not belong to the company. He said the company will make a full statement later today after reviewing CCTV footage.

The alleged incident happened just a day after the High Court granted a temporary injunction preventing workers at the plant from blocking vehicles coming in and out of the plant during an ongoing dispute over wages.

However, the injunction doesn't prevent workers from picketing outside the plant. The matter has been adjourned until today.

Irish Independent

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