'Military-like' planning is the key to halting meters, claims group organiser
One OF the main organisers of an anti-water charge group has claimed no meters were installed in his area due to the "military-like" organisation of the protesters.
Brendan Condron (57), who was arrested at a protest at Harold's Cross last week, is an administrator of the Crumlin Says No to Water Meters & Charges group.
He described how the protesters at times go out in groups of 10 to scout potential areas where Irish Water may try to install meters.
Mr Condron said his group demonstrates in the neighbouring areas where they have received support.
"We go to protest in areas where the locals helped us to stop meters being installed when Irish Water were in Crumlin," he said.
Mr Condron claimed "no meter was installed in the area" due to the organisation of the protesters, which he described as "military like". He also hit out at people who wear masks to conceal their identity during protests.
"It's understandable that people cover up when it's cold out, but we wouldn't agree with people wearing masks," he said.
The Crumlin Says No organisation also said it has no political affiliation to any party, but rather has members from different political groups.
Mr Condron was one of the seven people arrested at a protest in the Mount Argus estate last Wednesday as Irish Water contractors unsuccessfully tried to install meters.
Although he has been arrested at four protests without being charged, Mr Condron maintains the protests are kept peaceful, largely due to the dedication of demonstrators.
"We keep them peaceful because we're out early in the morning before Irish Water workers get to an estate. By being there beforehand and standing our ground we don't obstruct the work and they remain peaceful," he said.
Despite demonstrators obstructing installation works on a daily basis, Irish Water said the work is ahead of schedule.
"The National Metering programme is ahead of target with 8,000 meters installed last week alone. We will continue our work to complete installation of water meters nationally," a spokesperson said.