A GROUP of students threw eggs at Taoiseach Enda Kenny but he escaped yolk-free.
The University College Dublin (UCD) students were protesting about increases in college registration charges and cuts to grants.
Although they missed Mr Kenny, four people were removed by gardai at the launch of the UCD Centre and Sports Complex yesterday.
Members of Free Education for Everyone (FEE) and Socialist Workers' Student Society said students threw eggs to show their opposition to Mr Kenny's invitation to the college.
The two eggs were thrown at the Taoiseach as he stood on a podium. UCD's vice-president for students, Martin Butler, was hit. A UCD spokesman said three students had been identified and would be sanctioned under the university's code of conduct.
In a statement, FEE said it would encourage students to take part in demonstrations against cuts in the run-up to the Budget next Wednesday.
"Vulnerable members of society have been targeted throughout this economic crisis," it said. "Students have been a part of this attack, leading to mass graduate unemployment and emigration. We vehemently oppose this approach by Fine Gael and Labour."
Separately, about 70 students picketed Labour TD Ciara Conway's constituency office in Dungarvan, Co Waterford.