VISITING MINISTER of State Brian Hayes left Enniscorthy on Friday night with his car splattered with egg after the 'Loch Garman Against Austerity' movement staged a rowdy postBudget protest on Castle Hill.
The Minister with responsibility for the Office of Public Works came to town to open an art exhibition in Enniscorthy Castle two days after his Government unveiled the tough 2012 Budget.
He was met by a noisy demonstration outside the building as he was driven into the grounds of the castle. Among those on the picket line when he arrived was local Sinn Féin councillor Johnny Mythen who chose to remain outside rather than attend the function inside building.
The ancient walls of the Norman keep were not thick enough to keep the sound of whistles and bodhráns coming from the street outside throughout the evening.
However, the words of Loch Garman Against Austerity activist Dominick Gaughan as he denounced what he called ' fascist blue shirts' were too muffled to be heard distinctly.
Cllr. Mythen was not present later in the evening when Minister Hayes's car was ushered through a rump of around 25 demonstrators. They made a brief attempt to block his way out but Castle staff cleared a passage for the light coloured Mercedes.
Two eggs were lobbed on to the vehicle as it passed through the protestors and headed up Church Street.