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Another special Garda Unit
GARDAI in Cork have set up a special team to police protests against the installation of water meters.

The team has been up and running since Monday and comprises of a number of members from each of the four garda districts in the Cork city division.

ProtestGardaí look on as anti water meter protesters prevent the installation of meters on Pearse Road, Ballyphehane this week.

Garda management have refused to reveal how many is on the team but have rejected claims by the Garda Representative Association that up to 20 personnel are attached to it.

Chief Superintendent Michael Finn said the number of officers assigned to the team will be fluid, depending on activities by protestors in different locations.

On Monday, there was a large garda presence in Ballyphehane when protesters prevented the installation of water meters by Irish Water on Pearse Road.

The standoff continued for several hours before Irish Water and gardaí left the area at approximately 3pm.

It is understood the team has been set up as Irish Water employees work to install meters in parts of the city where there has been most opposition to the meters.

Chief Supt Finn said policing protests against Irish Water employees doing their job is taking gardai from regular policing but he said there is a need for gardai to act in situations where protesters “start interfering with and threatening” staff doing their work.

The Garda Representative Association spokesman for Cork city, Garda Mick Corcoran, said the new team means that garda resources in each district are being affected.

Evening Echo

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I wonder if they are PRT trained like the ones in Mayo