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Female garda knocked out at water charges protest

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
A large garda presence was at the scene of the protests outside Leinster House
A large garda presence was at the scene of the protests outside Leinster House

A simultaneous demonstration involving protesters against water charges and the Greek situation descended into chaos yesterday outside Leinster House.

A large garda presence was called in to assist after members of the Oireachtas were abused and threatened as they left Leinster House. 

One of those who was the subject of abuse was former minister Alan Shatter, who condemned the actions of the protesters and criticised the policing of the protest. 

"I had abuse and insults hurled at me. My car was thumped and kicked by some protesters. It was a clear example of thuggery," the Fine Gael TD told the Irish Independent.

There were dramatic scenes after two Labour senators - Mary Moran and Denis Landy - were forced to abandon their vehicles on Kildare Street.

As tensions flared between Gardai and protesters traffic cones and glass bottles were hurled by certain members of the group. 

Gardai confirmed a female member of the force was knocked out by a missile, believed to be a traffic cone. She was brought to St James's Hospital for treatment with non-life threatening injuries. 

One man was arrested and later charged with public order offences. He is due to appear before Dublin District Court later this month.

Gardai at the scene called for reinforcements and up to 40 members of the force were at the scene.