TD attacked outside Dail as protester tries to swing a punch at him
PROMINENT Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley was attacked this afternoon by a protester outside Leinster House on the first day of the new Dáil term.
Mr Dooley was set on by the protester near Molesworth Street in Dublin City Centre as he returned from lunch with his wife.
The protester lunged at the newly elected Clare TD and grabbed his tie before attempting to swing a punch at him.
Mr Dooley’s Fianna Fáil colleague Billy Kelleher, a Cork North Central TD, intervened in the incident before he was also attacked by the protester.
Gardai where then forced to remove the protester from the scene.
Gardai asked the Dáil deputies if they wanted to make a statement on the incident which happened on the foot of Leinster House.
Mr Dooley told Independent.ie he has yet to decide if he will make an official complaint against the individual.
A group of around 200 anti-water charge protesters have gathered outside Leinster House to demonstrate against the introduction of water charges this afternoon.
A significant Garda presence is currently in place on the Kildare Street end of Leinster House where the protest is taking place.