Protesters halt Irish Water works for second day in Dublin
Protesters obstructed Irish Water workers from installing meters for a second consecutive day in Harold’s Cross today.
According to Robin Schiller writing for herald.ie, several protesters halted the attempted works, with a small number of gardai also present, when they arrived just prior to 11am this morning.
Demonstrators, some of whom had their faces covered, refused to allow them to commence work and gardai soon arrived.
However, there were no arrests and the protest passed off without any major incident, but the contractors soon left after consulting with gardai.
The obstruction yesterday was in stark contrast to demonstrations in the Mount Argus Grove estate the previous day, when seven protesters were arrested – including a juvenile.
All seven people arrested were taken to Terenure Garda Station where they were detained for before being released without charge. They then made their way back to the Mount Argus Grove estate where they continued to obstruct installation works.
A source confirmed to the Herald that none of the people arrested were residents of the Mount Argus Grove estate, but that they included people who “regularly attend water demonstrations”.
A video also emerged online of a garda vehicle with its engine revving and being made to look like it was being driven at protesters.
The video, which was taken in the Mount Argus Grove estate, shows protesters standing in front of the car as it attempts to leave the estate.
Footage then shows the vehicle revving its engine and slightly shunting towards protesters, which was described as an “accident” by witnesses.
Although the vehicle made no contact with protesters, the crowd reacted angrily, though things eventually calmed.
Contractors received a “slow-march” out of the area, in which protesters walk ahead of the workers’ vehicles as they exit the area.