TRAVELLERS AT WETLANDS WERE WOKEN UP EARLY THIS MORNING!
by Michael McGrath.
Travellers camping at the Wetlands halting site were up early this morning. They were woken up abruptly by raiding Gardai. We feel that this is part of a campaign of harassment by the Gardai, as seven o’clock of a weekday’s morning is far too early to get anybody up out of their bed.
We have nothing against the Gardai doing their duty but surely they could have waited to raid at a more decent hour. Why couldn’t they have waited and raided at around midday or so? In fact we think that such Police raids are far too early. Do the Police not see that hardworking men need their rest? Speaking for myself, it’s hard to get back to sleep again when awoken so abruptly like that.
Kilkenny Gardai may be great people, but at times like this they come across as most unfeeling and even hard hearted. In fact the campers concerned should sue the Gardai for sleep interruption and deprivation. This is neither fair nor right. How would the Gardai themselves like to be so rudely awakened? It’s unforgivable, it’s just not on in modern-day Ireland where we are so compassionate and care so much.
I am certain the whole of Kilkenny agrees. When the gardai raid at such an unearthly hour they should cease from blaring their sirens. In fact they should park at least a hundred yards away and proceed quietly on foot, tap on the trailer doors gently and talk softly to the inhabitants, maybe even make them a cup of tea. Better still a glass of whiskey for those with a hangover.
If you must waken people at all, waken them properly just as you would the gentry. We’re all the one now.
30 gardaí involved in raid
Three people have been arrested as part of an early-morning raid by gardaí at a halting site in Kilkenny City this morning.
Up to 30 gardaí were involved in the operation, which commenced shortly after 7am today. Six search warrants were executed.
Uniformed gardaí and plainclothes detectives raided the Wetlands Halting Site, to the west of the city, as part of ongoing investigations into criminal activity. Two people were arrested on suspicion of trespassing and are being detained at Kilkenny Garda Station while the third person was arrested following the execution of a warrant.
Further searches and arrested are anticipated throughout the morning in other locations.