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Man Arrested At Protest Over Tipperary Refugee Housing.

Yesterday, one man was arrested and a Garda car had its tyres slashed during the same afternoon, following protests at a building site in Clonmel, South Co. Tipperary.
The incidents occurred as construction workers moved in to commence the construction of an entrance to the south Tipperary site, yesterday morning.

Some 15 protestors attended at the site and the young man, aged in his 20s, was arrested following a public order offence. About two-thirds of yesterday’s protesters were local, with one-third of those in attendance observed as being anti-immigrant protesters, who do not reside in the area.

The arrested male is currently detained pursuant to Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984, at a Garda station in the Co. Tipperary area.

An Garda Síochána said it respected citizens’ constitutional right to protest, but this right did not extend to breaches of criminal law, or the interference with the rights of other citizens to carry out their daily activities, or to attack members of An Garda Síochána.

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