Thursday 29 September 2016

'Chaotic scenes' at Vincent Browne debate

Published 08/09/2015 | 02:30

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 Ó Ríordáin (pictured)
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 Ó Ríordáin (pictured)

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

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Witnesses reported "chaotic scenes" at the Dublin Bay North 'People's Debate' at Clontarf Castle last night.

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 Ó Ríordáin.

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 Ó Ríordáin, a Labour Party TD.

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

Mr Ó Ríordáin later tweeted: "Just out of Vincent Browne debate circus. Others can tell you what happened. Nasty stuff."

A TV3 spokeswoman declined to comment last night.

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.

Irish Independent

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