Newstalk
Newstalk

11.18 10 Feb 2015


Share this article


Fingal County Council say staff safety is their top priority, after a number of anti-water charge protestors blocked councillors from leaving a meeting last night.

A group had been protesting outside the council's monthly meeting, and they then stopped some council and staff members from leaving the car park afterwards.

It is thought some councillors were detained for up to 90 minutes, as protests continued.

Speaking after the incident, the council's chief executive Paul Reid said: "Although I don't want to make specific comments in relation to the incident that took place...I want to reassure my staff that their personal safety is my priority at all times."

"Council staff had already put in a long day yesterday in preparation, and in support of, our monthly council meeting last night. The fact that they were then blocked in the car park , for a period of time, as they left their place of work was completely unacceptable", he added.

Mr Reid says he has written to all councillors over his "disappointment at the way council staff were treated, and I have reassured councillors and staff that I will continue to put the security and well-being of staff to the forefront of our plans."

Some councillors posted about the incident on social media:


Share this article


Read more about

News

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

16:00-19:00

Share

Up next

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

19:00-22:00

Share

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

22:00-00:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-06:00

Share

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

06:00-06:30

Share

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

06:30-07:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

07:00-09:00

Share

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

09:00-12:00

Share

LUNCHTIME LIVE

LUNCHTIME LIVE

12:00-14:00

Share

MONCRIEFF

MONCRIEFF

14:00-16:00

Share

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

16:00-19:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on