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Union boss blasts TD's 'shameful' actions'

Anne-Marie Walsh

Published 02/02/2011 | 05:00

IT really was a 'day of shame'.

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Fianna Fail deputy Frank Fahey cleared up any doubt that may have existed about the Government's attitude towards cutting the minimum wage yesterday.

He threw leaflets that condemned the €1-an-hour cut back at the leader of a retail union during a rally of angry workers at Leinster House.

Minutes earlier, Mr Fahey happily gave soundbites to the media about his final day in the 30th Dail.

But when he walked back to the gate, he brushed past Mandate general secretary John Douglas and roughly rejected union leaflets emblazoned with 'day of shame'.

"Our members will remember your shameful actions when you are pounding the streets of Galway looking for their vote," shouted Mr Douglas as Mr Fahey rushed away.

Hundreds of angry workers and community groups gathered on Kildare Street yesterday to show the departing politicians what they thought of them as the minimum wage dropped to €7.65 an hour and the dissolution of the Dail loomed.

Irish Independent

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