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VIDEO: Two arrested after anti-water protesters surround Tanaiste's car near Tallaght

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VIDEO: Two arrested after anti-water protesters surround Tanaiste's car near Tallaght
VIDEO: Two arrested after anti-water protesters surround Tanaiste's car near Tallaght
Joan Burton's car
Joan Burton's car

More than 400 protesters surrounded Tanaiste Joan Burton car’s for three hours in south west Dublin, blocking her from moving earlier yesterday afternoon.

She was eventually allowed leave by agreement with demonstrators at 3.30 pm.

The Labour Party leader was attending an event in Jobstown, near Tallaght when around 200 people opposed to water charges gathered around her car.

Some of those present staged a sit-down protest, preventing the car from moving.

As news of the situation spread on social media, more and more anti-water protestors continued to arrive.

The Garda helicopter was deployed to the scene and the Garda Public Order Unit was drafted in.

A number of attempts to move the car forward were unsuccessful before she was allowed leave by agreement just after 3.30pm.

A spokesman for the Minister said while there was no comment on the protests, the Tanaiste was in Tallaght to attend a graduation ceremony for students of higher education programmes at An Cosan.

The spokesperson said this was "a very special day", and nothing should be allowed to overshadow their achievements.

Later, there were two arrests as crowds turned their attention to the gardai who flooded the area with reinforcements.

As the Garda Public Order Unit deployed, sticks and bottles were thrown at Garda vehicles.

The gardai charged the crowd and there were claims that officers used pepper spray at one stage.

One arrest, a 17 year old male, is in relation to criminal damage to a garda vehicle.

The other individual, another 17 year old, was arrested in relation to a public order incident.