IRSP members were among a mob of 15 Irish Water protestors who surrounded an Irish Water worker in Moville yesterday.

The Irish Water worker was surrounded by an angry mob in Moville at approximately 11am on Thursday. A number of those present were wearing black bomber jackets with badges supporting the IRSP (Irish Republican Socialist Party).

The worker was stopped, surrounded, and held up for up to 40 minutes by the protestors. They demanded that he hand over his Identity card which was photographed on both sides. The van the worker was driving was also searched. He was threatened and told to resign by the mob as they “now knew who he was and where he lived.”

A number of those present also recorded the incident on their phones.

The incident happened shortly after a water meeting had been held in the area.

The group happened across the Irish Water worker who was working alone at the time. He was driving a white van which was blocked in on the road by several cars.

The worker is reported to be “quite shaken up” by the incident.

The latest incident follows a public meeting held in St Mary’s Hall in Muff last Tuesday night on the installation of water meters in the area. At that meeting the IRSP identified themselves as supporting the water protesters in Moville and were allegedly supporting the "North Inishowen Branch of the IRSP."

A source told DonegalNow that any member of the public who does not wish to have a meter installed can do so by identifying themselves to Irish Water workers on site. The householder must be present at the time of installation. A request not to have a meter installed made in person to the Irish Water worker will be honoured.

If the householder is not present permission is assumed. A written poster in the window to not have a meter installed is not valid.

DonegalNow have contacted Irish Water to make a statement on the incident. No response has been received to date. Gardai are investigating.

For a full report see Tuesday’s Inish Times.

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