Shortt blames dirty protest on anti-austerity group

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

Cllr Tom Shortt
A CITY councillor who blames anti-austerity campaigners for throwing soiled nappies into his garden has said the actions were indicative of the type of protestors “who show no real engagement in the political process”.

A CITY councillor who blames anti-austerity campaigners for throwing soiled nappies into his garden has said the actions were indicative of the type of protestors “who show no real engagement in the political process”.

At a meeting of Limerick City Council, Labour’s Cllr Tom Shortt said throwing nappies into people’s property “is something that I know is used as a form of intimidation in some areas of the city”.

“It can ruin areas and ruin lives but it seems to be a trend at the moment that is creeping into the political process.”

Cllr Shortt has already made a complaint with the gardai over what he believes to be a campaign of intimidation at his home in Thomondgate orchestrated by the Campaign Against Property Taxes and Austerity (CAPTA). It is a charge CAPTA, which includes members of the Socialist Party, denies and has described as “bizarre”.

At City Hall Cllr Shortt said “the city is coming down with protest groups who are showing no real engagement with the political process or representatives. The person who is throwing nappies into my garden probably owns a smartphone and can always just ring me up and engage with me rather than resort to this.”

One soiled nappy, he said, had been wrapped in an Irish Pride package.

“Whatever it is supposed to express, it certainly doesn’t show much pride in your country or in your area if that is how you choose to engage with your local representative.

“Public representatives and their families should be afforded a little respect,” said Cllr Shortt.

CAPTA in Limerick has been targeting Labour in particular in relation to the property tax and breaking election promise on water charges. But spokesman Cian Prendiville said his group was not behind any nappy attacks at Cllr Shortt’s home.

“His insinuation that we are somehow involved in leaving nappies around the place is bizarre. We are in favour of communities mobilising political pressure on their local representatives, not random acts of littering,” Mr Prendiville stated.