Bray People - - NEWS - By PADRAIG BYRNE

A PROTEST against the in­stal­la­tion of wa­ter me­ters in Fas­saroe has gone vi­ral as an ex­am­ple of ex­actly how a ‘peace­ful protest’ should be done.

Sev­eral videos have been pub­lished on YouTube and Face­book show­ing groups of pro­test­ers show­ing some Christ­mas cheer and singing some Christ­mas car­ols while block­ing Ir­ish Wa­ter work­ers from in­stalling wa­ter me­ters in the area.

Cathaoir­leach of Bray Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict and Sinn Fein coun­cil­lor John Brady was present at the protest and said there was a ‘won­der­ful at­mos­phere’.

‘A to­tal of about 150 res­i­dents were out on the streets in protest,’ he said. ‘It was a lovely peace­ful at­mos­phere and even­tu­ally the whole group broke out in song, singing ‘Jingle Bells’ and other Christ­mas car­ols. It was a won­der­ful mo­ment and it was cap­tured on video and has now gone vi­ral.’

Ac­cord­ing to Cllr Brady, ev­ery­thing was peace­ful and even when gar­daí showed up, there was good ‘ ban­ter’ be­tween them and the pro­test­ers as the mince pies came out to feed the masses.

‘I think this cam­paign has re­ally built com­mu­ni­ties,’ said Cllr Brady.

‘Neigh­bours are com­ing out and stand­ing be­side each other in op­po­si­tion.’

Jackie McLough­lin, Michelle Wat­ters, Tr­isha Earls and Sharon Briggs at the wa­ter protest in Fas­saroe, Bray.

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