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Wednesday 28 September 2016

TD Joan Collins arrested at water meter protest

Water Protest on Parnell Road, Harold's Cross. Joan Collins TD.
Water Protest on Parnell Road, Harold's Cross. Joan Collins TD.

People Before Profit TD Joan Collins was arrested at an anti-water charges protest in Dublin today.

The Dublin South Central deputy was taken into garda custody along with seven others at the demonstration on Parnell Road in Harold's Cross.

Anti-water charge activists Donal O'Ceallaigh, Vicky White and local councillor Patrick Dunne were also among those arrested for public order offences at the protest.

QUESTIONINg

Some of the protesters were taken to Sundrive Road Garda Station while Ms Collins was taken to Terenure Garda Station for questioning. Ms Collins was released a short time later.

"We were with the community of Harold's Cross this morning because they don't want water meters installed," Joan told the Herald.

"But then gardai arrived from Terenure, Crumlin and Sundrive Road and threatened to arrest us under the Public Order Act if we didn't move.

"We refused to move and then they arrested us.

"I was brought to Terenure and my details were taken and I was told a file would be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions and then I was released," she added.

After her release Ms Collins headed straight back to the protest at Parnell Road.

Around 25 protesters were monitored by 15 gardai at the protest, the latest to disrupt water meter installation.

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