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'The tall guard in black, he saved my life': Water protester speaks out about bollard incident

Fiona Healy was pushed into a metal bollard outside Mansion House on Dawson Street earlier in the week.

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THE WOMAN WHO was pushed into a bollard by gardaí after she jumped in front of the Taoiseach’s car has spoken about the incident.

The event took place earlier this week outside Mansion House on Dawson Street.

Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland programme, Fiona Healy of Baldoyle Anti-Water Meter Task Force, said that while angry at her mistreatment – it was the action of one Garda that prevented her suffering a serious injury.

He saved my life, that one did. The tall garda in the black. He saved my life because he pushed my head out of the way with his knee.

‘Knee-jerk reaction’ 

Speaking about her treatment, Healy described seeing Enda Kenny in his car.

“I went to walk across the road, I thought that the cars were gone. I was going to go across the road to where the other protesters were. You can even hear me in the video saying ‘excuse me’ to one of the garda,” said Healy.

As I walked slowly out onto the road someone kind of shouted ‘Kenny Kenny Kenny’ – I turned around and I saw him in the car, and knee jerk reaction – I just kind of banged on the bonnet ‘out, out, out’.

The video from the incident earlier in the week has drawn a lot of criticism online about the force being used by garda in dealing with protesters.

She went on to say that she would possibly be following up with a complaint to GSOC today.

She said her reason for involvement was that “the country is being sold off bit by bit to the highest bidder” and that she was aiming to ensure her son’s future.

Source: edward982/YouTube

Read: State of the Nation: Will Mary Lou try to enter the Dáil today?

Also: Nobody has complained to GSOC about the Gardaí bollard push video

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