Dublin Campaign Against The Bin Tax Press Statement
14th October 2003
THE DUBLIN Campaign Against the Bin Tax has condemned the disgraceful and dangerous incident at the Collins Ave City Council depot this morning when a Campaign officer was dragged 30-40 yards along a busy road by a Council truck.
Activist Joe Mooney was in the company of 40 other bin charges activists protesting at the depot when a man in a City Council truck came out of the depot at speed and blaring the horn. He speeded up when he saw the activists. Three were pushed across the width of Collins Avenue by the truck, which also went through red lights. Two managed to get away from the truck but Mr Mooney was held on the bonnet for almost 40 yards on a busy road, for part of the way he was dragged along the road. The driver eventually slowed down and Joe fell off into the road.
He was taken to the Mater hospital for x-rays and tests, etc. He has no bones broken, but a lot of cuts and bruises and pain - mainly in the legs and lower back. He has been told to rest and is now at his home.
Joe Mooney is Chair of the East Wall Residents Association and Secretary of the Dublin Campaign Against the Bin Tax.
"15 activists have been jailed in this campaign but I never imagined I, or anyone else, was in physical danger. We have always followed a policy of peaceful civil disobedience and community action. The City Council have a lot to explain here. Their employee drove at a group of people - we could have been looking at number of deaths or serious injuries."
A number of bin workers rushed to the scene and were very angry. The driver involved is a City Council employee, but is NOT a Bin Man. The workers immediately went into a meeting to discuss their response. They voted not to work today, meaning they will lose a days pay. About 40 workers came out to the picket line to stand in solidarity with the activists and residents came out to stand with us.
The Dublin Campaign Against the Bin Tax thanks the Bin Workers for their support and solidarity in this campaign.
Gardai report that the driver of the truck has been questioned and released without charge, a file to be sent to the DPP.
For further information, contact the Hotline at 087 2837989