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Minister heckled at opening of museum

HOGAN TAKES REFUGE IN CATHEDRAL

ESTHER HAYDEN

Published 17/04/2012 | 11:57

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A PROTEST against the household charge at the official opening of Carlow Museum last Wednesday was followed by a silent protest outside Carlow Cathedral on Sunday after Minister Phil Hogan was forced to seek refuge in the cathedral as protesters heckled him.

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On Wednesday the Minister was due to give an open-air speech at the newly refurbished Presentation Convent, the site of the new museum, but an angry group of 100 protestors were at the museum to protest against the €100 household charge.

As the Minister was heckled by the protesters who were kept at bay by a large garda presence, he was forced to seek refuge within the cathedral where he continued his speech.

A local man was escorted from the cathedral itself after he heckled Minister Hogan during his speech which he gave from the pulpit.

As Minister Hogan, local dignitaries and clergy left the cathedral they were subjected to a torrent of abuse from protestors many of whom have travelled from nearby counties to take part in the protest.

The protestors who mounted a silent protest outside Carlow Cathedral before 11am Mass on Sunday.

The protestors carried placards reading 'Jesus drove out the money lenders – but this church let Phil Hogan preach from the pulpit'.

There will be a meeting to launch the second phase of the No Household Charge in Hacketstown Community Hall next Monday at 7.30pm. The meeting will be addressed by TD Mick Wallace and local activists.

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