Sunday 18 March 2018

Irish Water protesters shout 'shameful' abuse and block councillors from leaving council building

Paul Healy and David Kearns

ANTI-water charge protesters blocked north Dublin councillors from going home after a Council meeting last night

A group of 14 protesters assembled at the gates of the Fingal County Council car park in Swords preventing the elected representatives from leaving in their cars.

Gardai were called to the scene and monitored the incident.

"There is a protest currently ongoing at the car park adjacent to the Courthouse in Swords," a spokesperson said.

"A number of cars are being prevented from leaving the car park by a number of people. Gardaí are now in attendance.

"This is a live situation and no more information is available at present," the spokesperson said.

Councillor David McGuinness took to Twitter to express his anger at being prevented from leaving and took pictures of the incident.

He posted an image saying that a number of “socialist councillors are choosing who is "allowed" out of the car park!”.

The councillors had been attending an evening meeting in the Swords council offices in north Dublin last night.

Cllr McGuinness said the protestors wouldn’t allow the council to leave unless “we (Fingal) put the abolition of Irish Water first on next meeting!”

“Protesters stopping us from going home to our families at Fingal tonight,” he said on Twitter.

He said the protestors also shouted abuse at the county Mayor.

“Some shameful stuff being shouted at the Mayor. They let her leave after a nasty phrase!”

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