Monday 23 October 2017

Environment Minister 'abhors' treatment of Irish Water workers by anti-water charge protesters

Environment Minister Alan Kelly
Environment Minister Alan Kelly

Philip Ryan Political Correspondent

Environment Minister Alan Kelly said he “abhors” the treatment of Irish Water workers by some anti-water charge protesters.

Mr Kelly said the behaviour of a small group of protesters was “outrageous and unacceptable”.

The minister said workers were bitten, named on social media and followed to their family homes.

He said he discussed the ongoing problem faced by contractors installing meters with Irish Water officials yesterday.

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He also denied the installation of water meters had been stalled in Dublin due to demonstrations.

Mr Kelly was speaking at the launch of €300m investment fund for social housing.

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