Tuesday 23 January 2018

Hundreds protest against arrests of anti-water demonstrators

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Hundreds of people gathered in Tallaght this afternoon to take part in a demonstration against water charges.

The arrests of a number of anti-water charge protesters earlier this week were also the focus of the demonstration.

Independent TD Paul Murphy arrives to join a march Photo: Tony Gavin
Independent TD Paul Murphy arrives to join a march Photo: Tony Gavin

A number of groups separately marched towards and joined up at Tallaght Garda Station.

Gardai estimate 400-500 people then convened at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght for a rally.

Anti-Austerity Alliance member Paul Murphy was one of those arrested in connection with the Jobstown protest last November when Tanaiste Joan Burton was trapped in her car for over two hours.

The Socialist TD took part on today's protest and estimated the figure attending was closer to 700.

Protesters take part in a march Photo: Tony Gavin
Protesters take part in a march Photo: Tony Gavin
Protesters take part in a march Photo: Tony Gavin

Among those taking part in the demonstration were members of the Anti-Austerity Alliance, Sinn Féin, Tallaght Says No, Kiltalown Says No, and other local anti-water charge groups.

The next national Right 2 Water campaign protest is planned for 21 March.

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