Saturday 20 January 2018

Arrested meter pair vow to continue campaign


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

TWO United Left politicians have vowed to continue their anti-water meter campaigns despite being arrested at a demonstration in Dublin.

Dublin South Central TD Joan Collins and councillor Pat Dunne returned to the organised protest at Parnell Road in Harold's Cross yesterday shortly after being released.

Some of the protesters were taken to Sundrive Road Garda Station while Ms Collins was taken to Terenure.

"We were with the community of Harold's Cross because they don't want water meters installed," Ms Collins 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."

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

But Ms Collins and Mr Dunne have vowed to continue their campaigns.

"The arrest won't deter me, and it only goes to show how effective our protest is and that it is making an impact," said Mr Dunne.

"I'm a councillor for the area and I have a right to represent the people in my constituency and I will stand with them on this issue.

"I told the garda sergeant that I was prepared to give him my name and details but he insisted on arresting me anyway, which I can't understand because I was just standing on the footpath.

"I wasn't obstructing anyone. There was no pushing or intimidation and I was shocked, to be honest, that we would end up on the front page of the papers because it was a peaceful protest."


Thirteen people were arrested at the demonstration, including anti-water charge activist Donal O Ceallaigh who has now been arrested three times for his role at anti-water charge protests.

O Ceallaigh (31) was taken earlier this month to Sundrive Road Garda Station in Crumlin where he was questioned about activity at a water protest.

O Ceallaigh, of Emmet Road, Inchicore, was previously fined after throwing an egg at former Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore's car.

Also known as Daniel Kelly, the Republican Sinn Fein member was previously arrested at Dublin's Mount Argus estate as demonstrators protested against Irish Water contractors installing meters.

Despite his arrest, he returned to Harold's Cross the next day to once again try to prevent water meters from being installed.

Speaking of yesterday's demonstration, gardai have said those arrested were released without charge and files on the matter will be sent to the DPP.

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