Friday 24 November 2017

Rule of law must be the bedrock of society

Thousands attend anti-water charge protests in Tralee . Water Charges Protest march took place in Tralee Co Kerry today . The Town came to a stop as several thousand people walked from the Horan Cnt , down Castle St onto Ashe St , Down Rock St and ended up in the Town Cnt for the protesr . Photo By : Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD ? Tralee Co Kerry Ireland Phone Mobile 087 / 2672033
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Thousands attend anti-water charge protests in Tralee . Water Charges Protest march took place in Tralee Co Kerry today . The Town came to a stop as several thousand people walked from the Horan Cnt , down Castle St onto Ashe St , Down Rock St and ended up in the Town Cnt for the protesr . Photo By : Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD ? Tralee Co Kerry Ireland Phone Mobile 087 / 2672033 L/Line 066 71 22 981 E/mail - info@dwalshphoto.ie www.dwalshphoto.com
Editorial

Editorial

Committing five water protesters to jail for the intimidation and harassment of workers installing water meters, High Court Judge Mr Justice Paul Gilligan drew a series of important distinctions.

The judge first reminded the court of the constitutional rights to free assembly, association and freedom of expression, noting that many people in the country have carried out peaceful protests as a demonstration of their opposition to the imposition of water charges by the Government.

He compared this with the activities of a distinct, small group of people - some of whom have not been brought before the courts or are unknown to them - who persistently move in and around workers attempting to install meters. Mr Justice Gilligan said the protests were being carefully organised and were designed to provoke civil disobedience and found that the protest actions represented "harassment and intimidation" of workers engaged in lawful work.

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