Thursday 22 March 2018

Gardaí labelled 'animals' by water charge protesters as footage of 'bloodied' woman emerges

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

An anti-water charge social media site has posted video footage which shows a seemingly bloodied woman being led away from Fingal County Council offices by gardai.

The minute long recording '10 police against one woman' was posted on the 'Right2Water - Swords' Facebook page yesterday evening.

"Shame. You're nothing but animals. You will be remembered for this," an unidentified person can be heard shouting in the direction of gardai.

The woman who appears to be named 'Gina' is followed by a number of officers as she is directed towards locked gates where a crowd of water charges protesters are gathered.

"He said I smashed the glass myself. He said I could go out a hero because I smashed the glass myself," she tells the crowd as she is allowed to pass through the gates.

The crowd are heard to say: "Call an ambulance, call an ambulance."

As the gardai lead the woman through gates, one of the protesters can be heard saying: "Do you not think you've done enough damage".

Other members of the crowd called the gardai "ba***ards" after the incident.

"What's annoying me more is that he said I did it myself," 'Gina' tells the group of protesters.

'Balbriggan and surrounding areas Against Water Charges' have stated on their own Facebook page that Gina is one of their members.

A seemingly related video has been posted on their site that appears to show gardai trying to close the glass door of the offices against three unidentified women.

Gardaí told that they attended a protest in Swords yesterday

"A security cordon was put in place which was later breached by water protesters.

"During that breach, a glass pane was smashed and one of the protesters received minor injuries.

"She received medical attention at the scene and gardai are investigating the incident," said the spokesperson.

Separately, Dublin City Councillors voted unanimously to oppose the handing over of personal details of council tenants to Irish Water.

It is the first formal backlash against the controversial move by local authorities to hand over tenant information to the utility, since this was revealed by the Irish Independent a fortnight ago.

The city council motion, which was proposed by Sinn Féin, received cross-party support and passed without any debate on the topic last night.

The council will now seek an independent legal opinion on whether or not it was legal for Dublin City Council management to hand over tenants details to Irish Water.

Independent Councillor Gary Gannon said there is huge anger among tenants whose details were handed over.

"It is the view of many councillors and myself included who feel it is a total infringement of people's privacy that these details were released to Irish Water," he said.

Sinn Féin Councillor Daithí Doolan said: "We will be studying legal opinion to see how we can overturn the decision to hand over tenants' details and to undo the damage done by Dublin City Council management."

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