Security beefed up for Kenny as protesters make voices heard
GARDAI escorted some Fine Gael politicians and supporters to their cars last night as water charges protesters demonstrated outside a party meeting.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny met fellow party members at a private meeting in the Greenhills Hotel, Limerick, from where he issued a pre-election rallying call, as part of a series of meetings being held around the country. The number of water protesters outside the hotel grew to around 200 as the meeting continued.
"Not a penny, Enda Kenny" was shouted loudest from the large protest gathering in the hotel car park. There was a heavy security presence as gardai surrounded the hotel.
Tipperary North TD Noel Coonan and a colleague were surrounded in their car by protesters as they left the hotel. Ex-mayor Michael Hourigan also ran the gauntlet, as did Limerick TD Kieran O'Donnell, who had to shield former councillor Mary Jackman.
Both Mr Kenny and Finance Minister Michael Noonan later left the hotel by a rear exit.