Friday 20 April 2018

Early Enda avoids anti-austerity protesters

Grainne Cunningham

ARRIVING early saved Enda Kenny having to run a gauntlet of 60 anti-austerity protesters at a black-tie event in Co Meath.

Campaigners protested as the Taoiseach arrived to speak at the Kells Chamber of Commerce dinner in the Headfort Arms Hotel.

The crowd outside shouted, "Out, Kenny, out!" from about 7pm, but Mr Kenny had arrived almost an hour earlier following engagements in Co Kildare.

Drivers hooted their support at those protesting against household and water taxes, but the Taoiseach was safely inside, changing into his tux.

Seamus McDonagh, the chairman of the North Meath Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes, said it was time "for ordinary decent people to stand up for themselves".

"They don't see any future for their children, they have no security in their work or in their retirement, cuts to health services and social benefits," he said on the street.

Inside, women in evening gowns and men in dinner suits sipped their wine apparently oblivious to the anger outside.

Irish Independent

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