Saturday 1 October 2016

'It's water off a duck's back,' says Mitchell O'Connor of heckler's abuse

Published 04/08/2016 | 02:30

Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor was labelled a "blueshirt" and a "Redmonite" by an unruly member of the public who was in attendance at a Roger Casement commemoration in Dublin.

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Witnesses at the event in Dún Laoghaire said an elderly male individual continuously hurled abuse at Ms Mitchell O'Connor, who is a TD for the constituency.

Family members of Roger Casement were in attendance at the event.

On a number of occasions, the chairman of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown 1916 committee Roger Cole asked the individual to desist from shouting insults.

Last night, the minister insisted she did not let the abuse put her off.

"(It's the) cut and thrust of politics. Water off a duck's back," she told the Irish Independent.

Fine Gael parliamentary party chairman Martin Heydon recently asked the Oireachtas authorities to conduct a review into the security arrangements for TDs on the back of the murder of British Labour MP Jo Cox.

Asked for an update on the situation, a spokeswoman for the Oireachtas told the Irish Independent: "As you might be aware, we never comment on security issues."

Irish Independent

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