Protesters' blockade to remain
Published 24/04/2014 | 02:30
IRISH Water contractors were prevented for a second day from installing meters in an Irish housing estate by residents and campaigners.
Protesters and householders vowed they will maintain round-the-clock blockades at Ashbrook Estate in Togher on Cork's southside to prevent contractors from installing so-called smart meters.
And in a new development, residents parked their cars directly over water valves.
Gardai had warned protesters not to blockade the public roadway and that the failure to abide by their instructions could result in arrests.
But no arrests were made and contractors kept machinery parked directly across the road from the estate's entrance in anticipation of the blockade ending.
Irish Water estimated that more than 27,000 meters a month were being installed, while 1,100 were successfully installed nationwide on Tuesday.
But protesters warned that the battle is far from over.
"We are here for however long it takes. We aren't going anywhere because we have the support of Ashbrook residents and the people of Cork," John Lonergan said.
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