Water charge protesters refuse to abide by strict terms of court order

Water charge protesters refuse to abide by strict terms of court order

A legal action to potentially jail nine water protesters who are allegedly obstructing the installation of meters in North Dublin has been put back until next month.

A huge crowd of supporters packed in to the High Court for the case which was brought by meter installers GMC Sierra Ltd.

Eight of the nine refused to give an undertaking to abide by the strict terms of a court order not to harass, assault intimidate or otherwise obstruct workers.

They were prepared to give undertakings to engage in lawful conduct, but Mr Justice Paul Gilligan would not accept that, describing it as a play on words.

The remaining one of the nine, John Darcy, was prepared to give an undertaking to abide by the strict terms of that order.

He told the protesters they can protest, but they cannot obstruct installation works.

Cahir O'Higgins, solicitor for eight of the protesters, said later: "We are pleased obviously that our clients were neither attached or committed today.

"However they have been ordered to be compliant with a court order, and they're mindful of that

"They're merely interested in pursuing a legitimate, and reasonable and respectful protest to make their point in what they consider to be the face of unfair behaviour."

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