Three people have appeared in court in connection with a water charge protest in Waterford city.

Derek Palmer, 22, from Cathal Brugha Place, Dungarvan, Francesa Veronica Dambra, 39, of Central Avenue, Lisduggan in Waterford city and 68-year-old Patrick Rochford from Ponds Fields, New Ross were before Waterford District Court.

Mr Palmer and Ms Dambra were granted bail on their own bonds of €300, with a condition attached that neither unlawfully interfere with waterworks or related installation in Waterford city and/or county.

Solicitor Hilary Delahunty, who represented all three, said Mr Rochford would not agree to undertake the same bail conditions as he said he had not actually been protesting but became embroiled in a debate with gardaí.

He was given bail under other conditions.

Legal aid was granted with respect to the three people and the matter was adjourned to 20 October.

Eleven people in total were arrested this morning on public order offences as contractors from Irish Water attempt to install water metres in a housing estate in the city.

The arrests took place at Laurel Park in the Cherrymount housing estate in Waterford city.

Eight people were questioned at Waterford and Tramore Garda stations and files are being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.