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Friday 15 December 2017

Man, woman and teen latest arrests in anti-water charge protests

Protesters pictured at Tallaght Garda station
Protesters pictured at Tallaght Garda station

A man, a woman and a juvenile have been arrested in the Tallaght area this morning in relation to the ongoing investigation into the anti water charge protest on November 15 last in which Labour leader Joan Burton was trapped in her car for more than two hours.

This brings to 20 the numbers of men, women and juveniles picked up so far this week by gardai.

This morning's arrests came shortly after 7am.

The man and woman were being questioned in Tallaght and Terenure garda stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act where they can be held for up to 24 hours.

Five males were arrested yesterday morning in the ongoing investigation into the protest in Jobstown as the Tanaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton was leaving a graduation ceremony at a Tallaght college.

The three adults and two juveniles were questioned at Crumlin, Rathfarnham and Tallaght garda stations.

Four men were arrested on Wednesday; two men, a juvenile male and a woman were arrested on Tuesday morning, and four men including Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy, Councillors Mick Murphy and Kieran Mahon, and Republican activist Scott Masterson were the first to be arrested in the operation on Monday.

Those arrested over the past four days were later released without charge with files being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

During the protest Tanaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton was trapped in her car for more than two hours before she was eventually transferred to a garda car and driven away from the scene.

Anti water charge groups staged a protest over the ongoing arrests at the Department of Justice yesterday evening at 6.30pm.

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