Limerick Council seeks to jail water protesters

Limerick County Council will seek to jail a number of protesters who have been occupying the county buildings since Monday over water supply.

Limerick County Council will seek to jail a number of protesters who have been occupying the county buildings since Monday over water supply.

Lawyers for the local authority told the High Court today that they are in breach of a court order directing them to leave the County Hall in Dooradoyle.

On Monday afternoon, the five protesters: Donal O'Brien, Kenneth McCarthy, Breda Clarke, Pat Gleeson and Dan Foley interrupted the monthly council meeting and began a sit-in.

They want the council to switch off their River Deel water supply, which they maintain is polluted and to reconnect them to a spring water supply from Bleach Lough.

Yesterday injunctions were served on the four men.

Lawyers for the council told the High Court this evening that two protesters have since left and that two are in breach of the court order, they are believed to be Donal O'Brien and Kenneth McCarthy.

They will now be issued with notice of the council's application for orders to jail them and the matter is back before the court on Friday.

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