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Brick thrower and 14-year-old boy among 4 latest protest arrests

A 19-year-old who allegedly threw a brick at a garda car during the Jobstown protest was one of four people arrested by gardai this morning.

Dylan Collins from Bawnlea Green, Tallaght, was being questioned at Tallaght Garda Station today as part of the continuing investigation into the anti-water charge protest in November which saw Tanaiste Joan Burton trapped in her car for over two hours.

A 14-year-old boy was also arrested at his Tallaght home on suspicion of public order offences. It is understood that the younger teenager, who is from the Kiltalawn area, was being questioned by officers in the presence of his mother.


This brings to 12 the number of people who have been arrested so far this week.

The operation started on Monday with the arrests of Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy, Councillors Mick Murphy and Kieran Mahon, and Republican activist Scott Masterson

Gardai this morning arrested four males at different addresses in the Tallaght area and brought them to Tallaght and Rathfarnham Garda Stations for questioning.

Yesterday two men, a woman, and a 16-year-old boy were arrested and questioned and later released without charge with files being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Similarly, the four that were arrested on Monday were also later released.

All of the 12 who have been detained so far in the ongoing operation were held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

During the protest, Tanaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton was trapped in her car for more than two hours before she was eventually transferred to a garda car and driven away from the scene.

TD Paul Murphy reacted to this morning's arrests by posting a message on Twitter.

"The arrests and political policing must end. Protest 6.30pm at Dept of Justice," it read.

Last night, a teenager who was arrested in relation to a water charges protest where Tanaiste Joan Burton was trapped in her car has claimed the way gardai treated him was "degrading".

The 16-year-old arrested at his home in Tallaght was one of four people detained yesterday over the protest that took place in Jobstown last November.

Sources have revealed that up to 20 more arrests in relation to the protest are likley to happen in the coming weeks for a variety of different alleged offences.