Three in court over Waterford water protest

Three people have appeared in court in connection with a water charge protest in Waterford city.

Derek Palmer, 22, from Cathal Brugha Place, Dungarvan, Francesa Veronica Dambra, 39, of Central Avenue, Lisduggan in Waterford city and 68-year-old Patrick Rochford from Ponds Fields, New Ross were before Waterford District Court.

Mr Palmer and Ms Dambra were granted bail on their own bonds of €300, with a condition attached that neither unlawfully interfere with waterworks or related installation in Waterford city and/or county.

Solicitor Hilary Delahunty, who represented all three, said Mr Rochford would not agree to undertake the same bail conditions as he said he had not actually been protesting but became embroiled in a debate with gardaí.

He was given bail under other conditions.

Legal aid was granted with respect to the three people and the matter was adjourned to 20 October.

Eleven people in total were arrested this morning on public order offences as contractors from Irish Water attempt to install water metres in a housing estate in the city.

The arrests took place at Laurel Park in the Cherrymount housing estate in Waterford city.

Eight people were questioned at Waterford and Tramore Garda stations and files are being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Article RTE Thurs 24 Sept, 2015

Scenes from Waterford protest taken from Suzanne Ryan facebook page.

Quote from Suzanne on her facebook page
"Out of the barracks now after being arrested under section 12 of the water services act.11 people in total arrested here in Waterford today.I will post pics in a few mins and you can see what IW were doing in Cherrymount.Taken to the barracks,stripsearched,fingerprinted and mugshot taken and put in a cell.One of the protestors was alone in the cell with one of the bullies..think you can probably guess who by now..this so called guard produced a knife and cut the belt from our friends trousers..this is what we're dealing with here."