Sunday 28 December 2014

Shop steward hit by car outside Greyhound plant

Published 03/07/2014 | 00:12

File picture of striking SIPTU workers pictured on the picket line outside  the Greyhound household waste depot in Clondalkin. Picture: Frank Mc Grath
File picture of striking SIPTU workers pictured on the picket line outside the Greyhound household waste depot in Clondalkin. Picture: Frank Mc Grath

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 Independent.ie, Mr O'Shea said he and Mr Geraghty were picketing on one side of the entrance to the plant when a white transit van that was exiting the plant “zoomed past and just missed me but hit Niall.”

But 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 was a private vehicle that did not belong to the company.

He said the company will make a full statement on Thursday  after reviewing CCTV footage.

But he added that the pickets were told to keep the gateway clear as trucks were coming in and out all day.

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.

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