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Joan Collins cleared of public order charge over water protest

The TD has been found not guilty of failing to comply with direction given by a garda.


INDEPENDENT TD JOAN COLLINS has been cleared of a public order charge arising from her involvement in an anti-water charges protest last year.

The District Court dismissed the case following a request from the Dublin South-Central TD’s lawyers.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy ruled that the state had not provided sufficient evidence to support the charge.

Collins was arrested last April during a demonstration at the site of a water meter installation on Parnell Road in Dublin 8.

She was accused of having failed to leave the area in a peaceful and orderly manner when directed to do so by a garda.

Collins previously criticised the state’s case as “a waste of taxpayers’ money”.

RTÉ reported that charges against another co-defendant, United Left Alliance councillor Patrick Dunne, were dismissed yesterday.

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