Saturday 19 August 2017

‘Chaotic scenes’ at recording of TV3's Vincent Browne debate in Dublin

Vincent Browne
Vincent Browne
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

A Television debate chaired by Vincent Browne descended into chaos as two Government ministers were jeered at by anti-water charge protesters.

Witnesses reported “chaotic scenes” at the Dublin Bay North ‘People’s Debate’ at Clontarf Castle.

The debate was being pre-recorded for broadcast on TV3 but became heated after several members of the audience began jeering Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and Equality Minister Áodhan O Riordáin.

Several witnesses present told the Irish Independent that the event turned even more heated when the issue of water charges was brought up.

As the debate continued, a female member of the audience stood up and claimed that she was being “intimidated” as a result of her decision to applaud remarks made by Mr O Riordáin, a Labour Party TD.

As the tensions escalated, it is understood that Browne told the audience that the Gardaí were being called. But it was unclear last night whether such a call was made.

Aodhan O Riordain
Aodhan O Riordain

Mr O Riordáin later tweeted: “Just out of Vincent Browne debate circus. Others can tell you what happened. Nasty stuff.”

A TV3 spokeswoman said they were not in a position to comment when contacted.

The Vincent Browne debate is due to be aired next week.

Among the other candidates that appeared were Fianna Fáil councillor Deirdre Heney and Independent TD Finian Mcgrath.

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