Monday 24 October 2016

Injured protester remains silent on incident at council offices

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A WOMAN injured during anti-water charge protests at Fingal County Council offices in Swords has today declined to comment on the incident.

Gina Ward had to receive medical treatment after a glass pane in a door shattered while gardai were trying to clear a group of protesters blockading the entrance to the council offices in Swords ahead of a council meeting.

Video footage recorded at the scene shows gardai removing one protester before a voice is heard warning officers: "You'll break the door."

During the struggle glass can be heard shattering followed by shouts from the demonstrators to call an ambulance for the injured woman. A separate video shows Gina leaving with her face covered in blood.

A spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade confirmed paramedics treated a woman who sustained head injuries from broken glass who was subsequently transferred to Beaumont Hospital.



Today at her Balbriggan home Gina politely declined to talk about the incident or if she intends to take the matter further.

She had a small bandage on her forehead near her hairline which appeared to be covering a number of stitches.

Meanwhile, Dublin City Councillors have voted unanimously to oppose the handing over of personal details of council tenants to Irish Water.

It is the first formal backlash against the controversial move by local authorities to hand over tenant information.

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