Friday 19 January 2018

Left-wing TD vows to continue water protests despite arrest

Water Protest on Parnell Road, Harold's Cross. Joan Collins TD.
Water Protest on Parnell Road, Harold's Cross. Joan Collins TD.
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Two United Left politicians have vowed to continue their anti-water meter campaigns despite being arrested at a demonstration in Dublin.

Dublin South Central TD Joan Collins and councillor Pat Dunne returned to the organised protest at Parnell Road in Harolds Cross yesterday shortly after being released.

Some of the protesters were taken to Sundrive Road Garda Station while Ms Collins was taken to Terenure Garda Station.

“We were with the community of Harolds Cross because they don’t want water meters installed,” Joan Collins said.

“But then gardai arrived from Terenure, Crumlin and Sundrive Road and threatened to arrest us under the Public Order Act if we didn’t move.

“We refused to move and then they arrested us,” she added.

About 25 protesters were monitored by 15 gardai at the protest, the latest to disrupt water meter installation.

But Ms Collins and Mr Dunne have vowed to continue their campaigns.

“The arrest won’t deter me, and it only goes to show how effective our protest is and that it is making an impact,” said Mr Dunne.

“I am a councillor for the area and I have a right to represent the people in my constituency, and I will stand with them on this issue,” he added.

In total 13 people were arrested at the demonstration, including anti-water charge activist Donal O Ceallaigh (31), from Emmet Road, Inchicore, who has been arrested three times for his role at anti-water tax protests.

Gardai said those arrested were released without charge and files on the matter would be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Irish Independent

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