Tuesday 27 September 2016

Watch: Scuffles as Taoiseach heckled on Cork streets by protesters

Cormac McQuinn Political Correspondent

Published 12/02/2016 | 12:21

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was met with a loud protest in Cork city centre this morning.

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Protesters shouted at Mr Kenny as he attempted to walk down Tuckey Street and blocked his way as he made his way to his next campaign engagement, the launch of plans for a new convention centre.

The protesters didn't identify themselves or say what their complaint was but shouted "Enda Kenny out, out, out".

Gardai surrounded the Taoiseach and forced their way through the protest with minor scuffles in front of the Taoiseach's party.

The Fine Gael group were brought through the gates of the former Beamish brewery.

Mr Kenny has been attending Fine Gael campaign events in Cork city.

He was at a turning of the sod event at the site of the new Capitol Cinema before doing a walkabout in the English Market.

He was accompanied by local candidates Simon Coveney, Jerry Buttimer, Dara Murphy and Julie O'Leary.

Some of the protesters hurled abuse as Mr Kenny reached the gates of the former brewery.

Tanaiste Joan Burton is also in attendance at the event.

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