Irish Water worker confronted with shotgun in Co Louth

Alex White admits Government ‘behind the curve’ on introduction of water charges

Thousands of people march on O’Connell Street in Dublin earlier this month during a demonstration against water charges. Photograph: PA

Thousands of people march on O’Connell Street in Dublin earlier this month during a demonstration against water charges. Photograph: PA

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Gardaí seized a firearm yesterday when a homeowner produced it during a confrontation with an Irish Water worker trying to install a meter.

The incident occurred at 9.20am at a house at Home Farm, Townparks, Ardee, Co Louth.

It’s understood the homeowner produced a shotgun after the worker came on to his property.

A Garda spokesman said no arrests had been made in relation to the incident and investigations are ongoing.

Minister for Communications Alex White this morning acknowledged the Government has been “behind the curve” in terms of public opinion in relation to water charges.

Mr White was speaking on Newstalk ahead of a national protest against the charge this weekend.

The Right2Water campaign yesterday announced details of local events planned for this Saturday “to highlight public opposition to planned water charges”.

More than 50 different events are planned in a range of locations all over the country.

Additional local events are being finalised, and a final list will be released available tomorrow.

“We have been behind the curve,” said Mr White. “I will agree with you that people have responded very strongly to this. We have, I think, tried to bite off too much, too quickly in relation to this project.”

The Economic Management Council is to discuss Irish Water tomorrow.

List of confirmed Right2Water protests and their starting points on Saturday, November 1st

Carlow, Liberty Tree, 2pm

Clare, Ennis, O’Connell Monument, 2pm

Clare, Shannon Town Centre

Cork, Bandon, Main Bridge, 12pm

Cork, Cork City, Library, Grand Parade, 2pm

Donegal, Ballyshannon, 2pm

Dublin, Ballyfermot, Civic Centre, 1pm

Dublin, Clondalkin, from County Council, 2.30pm

Dublin, Crumlin, Crumlin Shopping Centre, 1pm

Dublin, Greenhills, Greenhills Church, 1.30pm

Dublin, Ringsend, Ringsend Library, 12.30pm

Dublin, Blanchardstown, various community demonstrations convening at the Blanchardstown town centre, 1pm

Dublin, Tallaght, Dominican St Mary’s Priory, 11am

Dublin, Drimnagh, Galtymore Shops, 1pm

Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Glasthule Dart Station, 1pm

Dublin, Artane/Edenmore, various meeting points, 11am

Dublin, Cabra, Cabra Bingo Hall, 12pm

Dublin, Finglas, Cappagh House, 11.30am

Dublin, Finglas, outside Finglas Village Bank of Ireland, 1pm

Dublin, Swords, Pavilions, 11.30am

Galway, Spanish Arch, 1pm

Kerry, Tralee, Horan Centre, 1pm

Kildare, Athy, The Arches, 1.45pm

Kildare, Newbridge, Ballymany shops, 2pm

Kildare, Naas, The Courthouse, 2pm

Kildare, Celbridge, Castletown Gates, 12pm

Kildare, Leixlip, Leixlip Fire Station, 2pm.

Kilkenny, The train station, 1.30pm

Limerick, Limerick City, Bedford Row, 2pm

Louth, Drogheda, O’Rahallaigh’s GAA club, 2pm

Louth, Dundalk, Fair Green, 2pm

Meath, Navan, Fair Green 2pm

Meath, Ashbourne, Arkle Statue, 2pm

Meath, Duleek Village, 12pm

Roscommon, Boyle, Royal Hotel Carpark, 1.30pm

Roscommon, Roscommon Town, The Mart, 2pm

Sligo, The GPO, 2pm

Waterford, Waterford City, Ballybricken Hill, 2pm.

Wexford, The Quay, New Ross, 2pm

Wicklow, Bray, Three assembly points: Lidl, Dell on Boghall Road or St Fergals Church, 2pm

Wicklow, Greystones, Civic offices, Mill Road, 2pm

Wicklow, Wicklow County Council, 12.30pm

Wicklow, Arklow, Fr Murphy Monument, Parade Ground, 1.45pm

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