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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Garda is hurt during protest to mark first anniversary of IMF bailout

Lyndsey Telford

A GARDA officer sustained minor injuries during a Sinn Fein protest marking the one-year anniversary of the IMF bailout.

Some 40 protesters gathered outside European Union House on Molesworth Street, Dublin, this afternoon and chained the front door shut.

In an attempt to open the door, the officer was hit in the face with a prop briefcase full of fake money that was being waved in the air by a protester mimicking the European bailout bosses.

Sinn Fein's Seonach MacAodh, who organised the protest, said it was an accident that the officer sustained a bloodied lip.

"The guard came in when we were standing at the door," he said.

"They thought we were going to go inside but we never were.

"They were holding us back from going nowhere."

Mr Macaodh said the group had apologised to the officer. No official report was made to gardai.

"The unfortunate thing is these guys are getting hit as well," said Mr Macaodh.

"They are paying their taxes and they're getting hit with the Universal Social Charge."

He said more peaceful and creative protests against Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore for their support for the IMF will be held in the run-up to Budget Day on December 6.

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