14 December 2015
By Bryan Smyth
The Director of Public Prosecutions has brought formal charges against the three Cobh anti-water charges activists arrested for their 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.
A spokesperson for the three Cobh residents said 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.”