Cork water-meter protesters: We'll stay as long as it takes

A protester at Ashbrook Heights

One of the leaders of a protest against the installation of water meters at a housing estate in Cork city has said they will keep their blockade up "for as long as it takes".

A man was hospitalised yesterday after a scuffle with contractors at Ashbrook Heights in Togher yesterday. Irish Water claims one of its workers was also injured.

The stand-off has been going on for more than a week.

John Lonergan, chairman of the Ballyphehane and South Parish anti-water tax group, said the protesters were well within their rights to continue their blockade, and were out in force again this morning.

"We have people here since 5.30am this morning," he said. "(We heard) that Irish Water were coming up early this morning."

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