Bernie Hughes (top) and Derek Byrne (above) at the High Court

More as we get it.

Protest after water charge demonstrators jailed for contempt (RTÉ)

(Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)


Bernie Hughes speaking before sentencing this afternoon.

Thanks Mark Malone




Minister for Publixc Expenditure Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance in The Liffy Trust Center, Dublin launching the SME-targeting Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland in Dublin this morning.

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)


Protesters block the prison van leaving the High Court this evening.

(Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

124 thoughts on “Contemptible

    1. Odockatee

      I contemplated buying that white and blue jacket in Bershka and then I noticed all these people wearing it in town. Close call, fashionably speaking

        1. Don Pidgeoni

          You’re right, Im sobbing because oh noes I made an mistake on the interwebs. How will I face my mother again?!

    1. Anomanomanom

      I agree, wish him all the luck in prison. He’ll have a fun time in there. Sanctimoniousness moron.

    1. Anomanomanom

      So we’re all allowed break the law because a minister has a chauffeur driven car. Great logic. Also they are not going to jail because of that particular protest.

      1. Paps

        Contempt of court, often referred to simply as “contempt”, is the offense of being disobedient to or disrespectful towards a court of law and its officers in the form of behavior that opposes or defies authority, justice, and dignity of the court.

        Fits the bill…

    2. neil

      These people are being jailed for contravening a High Court order not to block works being carried out by GMC Sierra on behalf of Irish Water, not for the Jobstown protest.

      1. andyourpointiswhatexactly

        “I can’t afford to pay the water charges!” said he via satellite link from Puerto Del Carmen.
        Fairy muff if they don’t want to pay them (with a valid reason) but it’s a bit RICH otherwise.

        1. JimmytheHead

          So do you think that if someone only has 101 euro to their name and they get a water charges bill for 100 euro, they should pay it?

          No holidays this year kids, we need to spend more money on water we cant drink.

          …and be greatful that the staff of this company receive a bonus for their prompt payment and entrance into poverty?

          I feel sorry for your poor underused brain.

        2. andyourpointiswhatexactly

          “I feel sorry for your poor underused brain.”
          Jeez. You’re not very gentlemanly when you’re flinging your opinions around, are you?

        3. Mike

          You’re a f***ing moron. I can’t afford a holiday for my family. And I can’t afford to pay these bullshit charges either. And I know I’m not the only one – and guess what? I would be classed as one of dem posh wans by half these people. And I couldn’t give a monkeys – if I had the time Id be protesting too. You can afford stuff – well done. I’m happy for you. But many, many people cannot – and this doesn’t make us bad people. Can you get this into your dense skull??

  1. Mani

    I cannot be the only one thinking Coppinger is saying ‘Now, ye promise ye won’t drop me when I reach the bottom?’ on that first pic.

  2. squiggleyjoop

    “There is no such thing as a guilty protestor. Accusations of guilt are merely the spoonfuls of success desired in the first place.”

    Alex Ferguson after winning the treble in ’99.

  3. Zuppy International

    How safe can this ‘judgement’ be if it was delivered with the aid of 4 armed corporate enforcers flanking the alleged ‘judge’?

    Irish Wasters are finished after this.

          1. Joe the Lion

            I use that Michael Hutchence ‘technique’ actually – soon as I hit ‘reply’ the saliva starts to run down my legs

  4. ollie

    miriam o’callaghans brother is gmc’s barrister. looking forward to more impartial coverage from rte.

    1. Mani

      What is the modern utopia of yours where siblings get on with each other? Did you grow up in a cult*

      *I realise the proper answer here would be ‘I did for about 9 months’

    2. andyourpointiswhatexactly

      You’d never know they grew up in the same postcode, based on their accents. I cannot ABIDE Miriam’s accent, and it’s all the more obvious it’s totally fake when you hear Jim.

  5. ollie

    not everyone opposed to water charges agrees with this means of protesting. I favour the silent protest, not speaking as I bin IW registration pack.

    1. Odis

      Freetards – yeah I like it, original and imaginative.
      I’ll be waiting with baited breath, for any other pearls you feel like casting.

    2. ahjayzis

      Free like hospitals, schools and roads.

      Water pipes need a flat tax that someone on welfare pays the same amount as a billionaire, but roads are paid for progressively according to means via taxation.

      Makes sense to me.

      1. Rob_G

        Why not pay for electricity and gas out of general taxation, so?

        ⇨ because if we did, there would be no onus to conserve on the consumer.

    1. Rob_G

      That’s lazy and silly – plenty of holes that you can poke in water protesters arguments without making stuff up.

  6. Bacchus

    I see their supporters are now protesting by sitting on the road outside the courthouse. There’s a very high level of stupids here. Still… entertaining for civilised educated folk.

          1. Gee-gees

            “entertaining for civilised educated folk”

            “will they get out to draw the dole or do a bit of shoplifting at all”

            Oh, if only everyone was as posh and well-behaved and not poor like you

  7. Llareggub

    What’s happening Broadsheeple commenters with your hatred of people who stand up and protest? Is today Denis O’Brien Love-in Day.

    And if you tolerate this, then your children will be next.

    1. Bacchus

      Because we don’t support violent illegal protests we must be supporters of O’ Brien? Brilliant logic. And satrt your own “guess the lyrics” thread.

        1. Bacchus

          Wrong again Zuppy, never voted FG or FF in my life and never will. But if it makes you feel better to think you’re insulting me fire away.

      1. ReproBertie

        While some actions of some protestors may have been in breach of the law the protests themselves certainly weren’t.

    2. Keith

      I don’t think you need to worry about Denis O’Brien, he will be collecting his cheque either way.

      Why people think it’s acceptable to call someone installing a water meter a traitor, and a scumbag, is beyond me.

      They are just doing a job. Its not like they turned down a high-paying job elsewhere to come work for Denis O’Brien, they are doing it to pay the mortgage and feed their kids like rest of us (that are lucky enough to have a job).

      If this makes their working conditions a little less stressful and safer, all the better.

      1. scottser

        if you’re going to send a workman to do anything, it should be to fix an oul leak or replace an oul lead pipe or two first, no?

        1. Keith

          Well, at the risk of kicking off what seems to be a bit of a permathread in these parts, I think the usual response is to say, they need the meters to find the leaks…. and I goes on from there.

          Ultimately, you either agree with water as a utility or you don’t. Yea, its a mess. Maybe it was always going to be that way. If I was the focus on anything, it would be that Irish Water becomes a well run utility company, using its profits to drive investment into the area, reducing leaks, improving infrastructure and what not.

          So I don’t mind paying for my water. I am lucky I can afford it. Its not like I am loaded but in the scheme of things (income tax, property tax, usc, mortgage, the enormous weekly sums I hand over to Aldi and Supervalue each week), its not a big expense.

          1. Paps

            You’re not wrong , but having clean water pumped into your house , and having your shyte pumped back out Isn’t a “right”. It’s a privilege that you have to pay for.
            Nobody’s stopping anyone from harvesting rain water or going to wells…

          2. Zuppy International

            Fair enough. Let’s deny you all water because of some bogus corporate policy and see how long you last.

            About 3 days I reckon.

          3. ahjayzis

            It’s not that black and white.

            I’ve no problem with water billed as a utility, provided it’s based on usage, with a generous minimum free amount.

            I do have a problem with national infrastructure investment being funded by a flat tax. It’s not water production and delivery we’re paying for – maintenance basically – it’s a whole new network, and I believe that much like roads, you pay for capital projects progressively, not X euro for pensioner A and billionaire B.

  8. Soundings

    ” First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”
    From someone who knew a thing or two about peaceful protest

  9. Medium Sized C

    Je Suis a commuter.

    There are no politicians or members of Irish water stuck on buses on O’Connell street now, I’m betting.

  10. ReproBertie

    The 2016 general election is going to be some fun. I really hope the “We Won’t Pay” people are organised enough to run a few candidates.

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