Water protesters ‘all have expensive phones’ - Burton

Independent TD alleges ‘political policing’ against local people against the tax

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said gardaí dealing with water meter protesters ‘have acted with extraordinary patience, firmness and courtesy to people who have been giving them an extremely difficult and hard time’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said gardaí dealing with water meter protesters ‘have acted with extraordinary patience, firmness and courtesy to people who have been giving them an extremely difficult and hard time’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has claimed anti-water meter protestors are intimidating residents in some estates and using phones and videos to film everything.

Ms Burton made the claim as Independent TD Joan Collins alleged “political policing” by gardaí against protestors.

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