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More protests stop installation of water meters

MESSAGE: Protester Amy Malone in in Raheny

MORE protests hampered water meter installation teams in Dublin yesterday as Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore declared Labour did not consider leaving government over the water issue.

Teams of workers were again stopped from working in north Dublin when protesters followed Irish Water contractor teams to new locations.

The protesters moved from Raheny to Coolock yesterday when news spread on Facebook that a meter installation team began working at Edenmore Crescent.

A number of the protesters had been demonstrating against installation work at Station Road in Raheny when they left to stage another peaceful protest at Edenmore Crescent.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore refused to say whether the Coalition will reach agreement on water charges by the end of next week, a deadline suggested by Environment Minister Phil Hogan.

But asked if Labour discussed the prospect of walking out of government last week, as reported over the weekend, Mr Gilmore said this was not the case.

"As with all issues, we resolve them in government. This is a particular issue where there is still work to be done," he said.

In Inchicore, a number of people travelled to Bulfin Road to take part in an anti-meter protest.

At Edenmore Crescent in Coolock, more than 24 adults and a number of local children took part in a peaceful protest that resulted in a team of contractors opting to stop work.


Bernie Hughes, a member of the Dublin Says No group and a United Left local election candidate in Finglas-Cabra, joined with residents in Raheny and Coolock in demonstrating against the meter installations.

"We are prepared to travel to where the work is taking place to stage peaceful protests and we're keeping in touch through Facebook. We've also begun liaising with groups in Cork," he said.