Irish Water contractors leave Raheny estate after protest

Irish Water contractors have left an estate in Raheny in Dublin this morning after local residents staged a protest over the installation of water meters.

The demonstration took place at Watermill Drive after a resident rallied locals via social media.

"I'm standing here right now, and the contractors from Irish Water … are collecting their barriers and loading them back into their van, and they're getting ready to clear off," said one protester at the scene.

"They'll be back, and so will we."

A previous scene from the protest, uploaded yesterday. WARNING: Language used NSFW

Government Ministers today criticised the protest, saying that targeting contractors is not acceptable.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said today that there are still a number of issues to be resolved before a final bill for the water charge is set.

"There are a number of issues that have to be resolved in relation to water charges," he said.

"The first is - what do we do about the three out of four households who won't be metered by the end of next year? How do we address the issue of ability to pay, particularly for household who are on low income?

"I'm thinking particularly of older people, pensioners, people who are on low incomes.

"We have to get resolutions to all of these issues."

The Government had pledged to set out the final charges before the Local and European elections next month.

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