Breach­ing bail not con­doned

‘DIS­GRACE­FUL’ COM­MENT AIMED AT GOV­ERN­MENT

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

DEPUTY John Brady has said that he does not con­done the breach­ing of bail con­di­tions, de­spite de­scrib­ing as ‘dis­grace­ful’ the re­mand­ing in cus­tody last week of two men who did ex­actly that.

Sean Doyle (66) 11 Sun­ny­bank, Kilped­der and Ea­mon McGrath (60), 88 Kil­lar­ney Heights, Bray, were re­manded in cus­tody last week in con­nec­tion with charges of ob­struct­ing Ir­ish Wa­ter in the in­stal­la­tion of wa­ter me­ters at a num­ber of lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing Grey­stones and Kil­ladreenan. Bray and Wick­low District Courts heard that Doyle and McGrath had been re­leased on bail on on a num­ber of con­di­tions, in­clud­ing that they would not im­pede em­ploy­ees of Ir­ish Wa­ter or GMC Sierra, on a pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sion.

The two men re­main in cus­tody hav­ing not agreed to the bail con­di­tions re­quested.

‘ The two men are be­hind bars be­cause they refuse to com­ply with the terms of the bail con­di­tions laid down,’ said Deputy Brady. ‘If the roll­out of wa­ter me­ters was halted there would be no need for them not to com­ply to bail con­di­tions.’

Last week Deputy Brady re­leased a state­ment about the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing McGrath and Doyle.

‘It is dis­grace­ful that two men have been re­manded in cus­tody for protest­ing against the now sus­pended wa­ter charges,’ said Deputy Brady. He said that the gov­ern­ment has ad­mit­ted that wa­ter charges are to be sus­pended.

‘ This would not have hap­pened with­out demon­stra­tions and protests against this un­fair and un­just tax.’

Speak­ing on Mon­day, Deputy Brady said that he is not point­ing the fin­ger at the judge.

‘Ul­ti­mately it’s a po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion,’ he said. ‘ The judge is im­ple­ment­ing the laws of the land in terms of wa­ter me­ter­ing. My state­ment was aimed at the gov­ern­ment.’ Deputy Brady said that if wa­ter me­ter­ing wasn’t pro­ceed­ing then none of the pro­test­ers would be in cus­tody.

He said that he was not present for pro­test­ers shout­ing in court last week so could not com­ment on that.

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