Tone of some water charges protests ‘unacceptable’ - Garda chief

‘What is very worrying is change in sentiment’ of certain protests, says Nóirín O’Sullivan

 When asked for her view on the abuse President Michael D Higgins recently  faced when leaving a school in Finglas, Dublin,  Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan  said it was “unacceptable that any person” be subjected to protests of that nature. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

When asked for her view on the abuse President Michael D Higgins recently faced when leaving a school in Finglas, Dublin, Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan said it was “unacceptable that any person” be subjected to protests of that nature. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Some of the protests against water charges had changed in “tone and sentiment” and were now “unacceptable”, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has said.

With the Garda having provided additional resources to protect Cabinet Ministers who might encounter water protesters around the country, Ms O’Sullivan added that those Garda members had themselves been targeted.

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