SCHOOLS CLOSE AS TEACHERS PROTEST AGAINST JUNIOR CERT REFORM
THERE has been quite a bit of tension in the Garden Village estate in Kilpedder over the past couple of days as residents have attempted to block representatives of Irish Water from installing water meters to their homes.
Residents have been very critical of gardaí who they have accused of being ‘ heavy handed’ in attempting to disperse their protest and who they have said are ‘acting like a private security firm for Irish water’.
The Irish Water crews arrived on Monday morning to begin installation work and things quickly turned sour.
‘ Things got pretty bad on Monday morning,’ said one resident.
‘ The gardaí were called and there was quite a bit of aggro.’
The resident said there was ‘a lot of manhandling going on’ and claimed that one elderly man with a walking stick was frog marched up the road.
‘ There are videos online of all this happening and I think it was excessive and heavy handed,’ said the resident.
Bray gardaí responded by saying ‘We police all peaceful protests that remain within the law. When the law is broken, preventing vehicular access for example, we are duty bound to intervene. However, we do make every attempt to avoid any confrontation with local people during such protests.’
The residents of Garden Village feel very strongly about water meters being installed and have said they will continue to protest and block Irish Water from carrying out their work. The crews arrived once again yesterday morning and managed to install ‘five or six’ meters, before they were once again halted.
Irish Water were due to return to Garden Village again today ( Wednesday) and residents once again planned to meet them head on.
‘I’ve never seen anything like it before,’ said one resident.
‘Protests are so localised and the community are all together in opposition.’
protesters in the Garden Village, Kilpedder.