Press statement on “Cobh 3”

Cobh anti-water charges activists charged over peaceful protest. Court hearing in Midleton this week

The Director of Public Prosecutions has brought formal charges against the three Cobh anti-water charges activists arrested for their peaceful protest against water meter installations in the town on 30th October last year (2014).
The three are charged with obstructing the exercise of a water services authority, to wit, Uisce Éireann, of powers vested in it by virtue of the Water Services Act, 2007. Contrary to Section 12(1)(a) of the Water Services Act 2007 and Section 8(4) of the Water Services Act 2007. Their first court appearance is at 10:30am on Thursday, 17th December at Midleton court house.
The three Cobh residents concerned are Karen Doyle, Vincent Cunningham and Alan Gibson.
Karen Doyle said “This is another example of political policing as the government seeks to ride rough-shod over the wishes of a majority of the Irish people who are refusing to pay the water bills. We will not be silenced by this intimidation and will continue our protests and opposition to these hated charges.”
Alan Gibson said “Given the wide-spread opposition to meter installations among the Cobh community last year – which led to Irish Water having to leave our town with most meters uninstalled – we expect to be well supported in Midleton on Thursday and at any future court dates.”
Vincent Cunningham said “This is an outrageous victimisation of working people merely exercising our constitutional right to protest. We are confident the charges will be defeated.”

For further information ring Karen on 087-2685083 or Alan on 083-1175217


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