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Joan Burton is struck by a water balloon.

Joan Burton is struck by a water balloon.

Joan Burton is struck by a water balloon.

THE Taoiseach today challenged Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy to apologise to the Tanaiste Joan Burton.

Speaking during unruly Dail exchanges, Mr Kenny, directly told Deputy Murphy that Ms Burton had been very badly treated by anti-water charge demonstrators last Saturday in Tallaght.

"Deputy Murphy you should apologise to the Tanaiste," Mr Kenny said.

Independent Wexford TD Mick Wallace said he disapproved of the way the Tanaiste was treated on Saturday afternoon.

"But the demonstration was overwhelmingly peaceful," Deputy Wallace said, adding that the Government should scrap water charges and call an election to find out just what the people thought of their performance.

Mr Kenny said the water charge regime would be fair and reasonable and the Government had made efforts to ensure fairness and equity in taxation and social charges.

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