Its Sunday 12th March 2017 and its a little past 5.pm when Prime Bling (PB) Your favorite on line digital entertainment guide arrives in Castleknock a very well to do housing estate in Dublin City Ireland.
We are here today on an invite and the reason why anyone else is here is that a peaceful protest has been called to protest directly first in the housing estate where the Irish minister of justice and Tánaiste (Frances Fitzgearald) lives, and then directly outside a house which has been identified as that of minster of justice residence.
A movement known as A.C.T ( Anti Corruption Taskforce) have called this protest to highlight awareness over cases which they allegedly state that minster of justice had been working on at their request and has failed to get results in the correct time frame that was stated or at all. They are also here to highlight other issues involving the minster of justice and or cases which they allegedly claim where not correctly investigated including the case of an elderly man by the name of Micheal Gavin who alleges that he was conned by a solicitor in rural Ireland and despite many a claims and promises nothing has been done in the best interest of this elderly man’s case or in the correct time frame.
When (PB) Arrived at the spot there was a few people people standing around, the first thing that was noted there was plenty of members from the Gardai Schiona ( Irish Police ) hanging about. Some where cycling around the housing estate while others made their presences known as they drove around in unmarked cars while a couple walked up and down the road.
After some talk with some of these people it was discussed that the minster of justice was not at home and maybe even not in the country and they were at that time unsure which house was the intended house. We hung around for a bit talking and every couple of minutes members of the Gardai passed us either on the cycles or the cars. I got talking to some of these people and some kindly agreed to be interviewed by (PB)
(Fionna) travelled up from Tipperary here in Ireland to be here today she was with her son who lives up here in Dublin City. I asked her why she came today she replied, she was sick of the injustice in our country today and the way its been ran. Fionna also pointed out the amount of Gardai who were there and (at that particular time there seemed to be more Garda than protesters)
(Fionna) Stressed that the amount of Gardai who were there was a total waste of tax payers money. Also some of the Gardai who were there where Senior Gardai figures on high pay.
(Gramah) Came out today to show support in solitary to the protesters, he too felt very strongly that the country is not been ran properly.
While (PB) Was there local residents who at first looked bewildered actually began to stop and ask what it was all about. Leaflets were handed out and to everyone’s delight there was no negative talk from any of the local residents who stopped by for a chat. For those who didn’t stop or drove they could be seen reading the posters as they drove on.
At a little past 6.pm the crowd grew as more protesters came, It was at this time when a new Garda van could be seen parked up at the entrance of the housing estate. While everyone stood around and talked it was pointed out there was a drone flying overhead with some kind of device hanging from it. When this drone stopped over the crowd in mid-flight it appeard that the device on the drone may be a camera. Protesters then held up their posters directly at the drone which was hoovering above us and after a few minutes the drone flew away.
The crowd moved away back in towards the housing estate after it was half confirmed that a house on the road was the minster of justices home. While the crowd moved on up the road I stayed behind talking to a chap who had a camera. The Garda van which was parked at entrance began moving too and eventually passed us by, although this van had blackout windows you could see the outline of those heavy yellow jackets that the Gardai do wear and this gave me an indication there was more Garda personal in the back of this van.
We joined the rest of the group who were standing outside a big house there was at least 25 protesters there. I couldn’t help to notice that the Gardai felt or acted if they were nervous about been there. It would appear by their behavior that they could, or they may have believed that perhaps there was going to be trouble and they seemed to be ready just in case with all the extra Gardai Personal dotted in and around in the cars and vans. I wouldn’t say that this housing estate gets this kind of Gardai activity every Sunday afternoon.
While I was standing there two more Gardai pulled up in a car and they got out and removed a poster that was put up on the bush directly outside this house. They took the poster got back into the car then after another few minutes got back out of the car and stood in the driveway of this house like if they where on guarding the house, It was at this stage I knew for definite this was the right house.
Despite the heavy presence of the Gardai there was no civil unrest on from any of these peaceful protesters, if anything they were very civil. One man who tried to post a leaflet into the door was quickly removed by the two Gardai who were standing in the paved drive way.
(PB) Left at a little past 6.30 PM and it was confirmed that a letter allegedly was to be handed in to the president residence at (Aras an Uachtarain) in the Phoenix Park Dublin City.
Image Credit: Alan Finn.