Tipp Town man arrested for allegedly threatening water meter firm worker

Gardai arrested a man aged in his 40s at a protest against the installation of water meters in a Tipperary Town housing estate last week for allegedly threatening a meter company worker.

Gardai arrested a man aged in his 40s at a protest against the installation of water meters in a Tipperary Town housing estate last week for allegedly threatening a meter company worker.

The man was arrested following a confrontation between a group of anti-water meters protesters and workers installing meters for Irish Water at the Rossmore Village estate in Tipperary last Thursday

afternoon.

A Tipperary Garda Station spokesman said the man was arrested after he allegedly made a “serious” threat to one of the workers installing water meters in the estate.

He was arrested under Public Order legislation and was detained and questioned at Tipperary Garda Station before being released.

The man was from Tipperary Town but not a resident of the Rossmore Village estate.

The Garda spokesman said a file on the case was to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The incident occurred shortly after the GMC Sierra firm contracted by Irish Water arrived in Tipperary Town last week to begin installing meters outside homes in the town.

The water meter installers left Carrick-on-Suir early last week after Irish Water decided to “reschedule” some of its works in Carrick-on-Suir after meter installers were met with protests and blockades at several estates in the town.

Irish Water said it had decided to reschedule meter installation works in some areas of Carrick-on-Suir to ensure they can be completed safely.