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Minister Paudie Coffey

Minister Paudie Coffey

Minister Paudie Coffey

IRISH Water meter installers have been kicked, punched, headbutted, followed home and even bitten, a minister has claimed.

Minister for State at the Department of Environment Paudie Coffey tonight said that around 50 assaults involving workers have been recorded.

Speaking in the Dail, Mr Coffey said some drivers have driven their vehicles at metering staff.

In one instance, the Fine Gael TD said an employee was bitten. Mr Coffey told the Dail that protesters have used social media to find names and addresses of workers.  And in another instance, installers were forced to remain in a van for over 12 hours without access to food or water, Mr Coffey said.

"Workers have been spat at, had objects hurled at them from glass to stones and been hit with hammers and shovels," Mr Coffey said.

"There has been a heavy and persistent level of online intimidation and encouragement of cyber and physical abuse towards workers," he added.

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