Fianna Fáil TD attacked on first day of Dáil term
Published 11/03/2016 | 02:30
Prominent Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley was attacked by a protester outside Leinster House on the first day of the new Dáil term.
Mr Dooley was set on by the protester near Molesworth Street in Dublin City Centre as he returned from lunch with his wife. The protester lunged at the newly elected Clare TD and grabbed his tie before attempting to swing a punch at him.
Mr Dooley's Fianna Fáil colleague Billy Kelleher, a Cork North Central TD, intervened in the incident before he was also attacked by the protester.
Gardai where then forced to remove the protester from the scene. Gardai asked the Dáil deputies if they wanted to make a statement on the incident which happened on the foot of Leinster House.
However, Mr Dooley decided that he would not pursue the matter further.
A group of around 200 anti-water charge protesters had gathered outside Leinster House to demonstrate against the introduction of water charges as TDs arrived for the first day of the Dáil term.
A significant garda presence was in place on Kildare Street where the protest was taking place. There were no other reported incidents.