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CATU Waterford/Twitter Screengrab from a video showing gardaí arresting the man in Waterford on Saturday.
Waterford City

Man (20s) arrested during protest at Waterford eviction on Saturday

Footage shared on social media on Saturday showed a protest at the eviction.

A MAN IN his 20s was arrested outside a private residence in Waterford on Saturday afternoon while he was attending an eviction in the area.

The arrest happened after gardaí responded to a call about an alleged public order incident outside the residence, where people were protesting against the eviction.

A crowd, which included some members of the tenants’ union CATU, gathered outside the residence to protest the tenant being evicted.

Videos of the event, which were circulated on social media by CATU, appear to show Gardaí at the scene while a group of men removed items from the home.

A Garda spokesperson said that the arrested man was detained in Waterford Garda Station under the Public Order Act and was later released without charge.

An adult caution was also administered.

Sinn Féin TD, and the party’s spokesperson on housing, Eoin Ó’Broin commented on the social media posts over the weekend.

Ó’Broin said that housing minister Darragh O’Brien must “speedily implement” recommendations about evictions made by the RTB in November 2022.

Speaking on the recommendations, Ó’Broin said on Sunday: “They [The recommendations] will produce additional protections for tenants at a time when there is likely to be an increase in illegal evictions.”