Monday 23 April 2018

Second day of anti-water meter protests in capital

Cormac Murphy

PROTESTS against the installation of water meters have escalated with demonstrations on Dublin's northside.

A picket on Watermill Drive in Raheny has prevented Irish Water contractors from fitting the devices over the past two days.

And when the workers moved off, the demonstrators relocated to a site on nearby Raheny Road in Dublin 5.

The group undertook a second "peaceful protest" against metering yesterday, according to local election candidate Bernie Hughes of anti-austerity group Dublin Says No.

Demonstrators have also been involved in a stand-off with workers installing meters in Cork city in recent days.

Raheny resident Donna Ryder, outside whose home the first picket was mounted, said: "We're still here. The water meter installers have gone. I'm staying here. This is my house. I'll hold the fort here."

Irish Water reiterated that it "respects the right to protest and endeavours to facilitate this right, while maintaining the safety of the staff, the public and the site of work".

Irish Independent

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