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Video footage shows Tanaiste Joan Burton pelted with water balloon at Jobstown protest

New video footage has emerged of Tanaiste Joan Burton being pelted with a water balloon in Jobstown yesterday,

The video shows Ms Burton, being escorted by Gardai, making her way through the crowd before the graduation ceremony at Cósan college, when she's hit with a water balloon.

The incident occurred before the anti-water protests yesterday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Tanaiste confirmed to Independent.ie.

Ms Burton later changed her jacket after she was hit in the right side of head and shoulders with the water balloon.

The Labour leader was trapped in her car for three hours as protestors blockaded her vehicle as she attempted to leave the premises.

Gardai made two arrests at the protest, one for criminal damage and another for public order offences.

Another young man was also seen throwing a brick in the direction of Gardai.

A war of words has now begun between the Tanaiste and Paul Murphy, Socialist Party and Anti-Austerity Alliance TD, as she spoke of the incident in her car this afternoon.

"They were rocking the car, banging on the windows, on the doors, on the roof, basically I suppose trying to turn it over," she said.

"Paul Murphy as a TD, he was standing at the back with a loud hailer leading the chanting - if that's his idea of a peaceful protest I would not like that norm being set by him as the way people in Ireland protest."

Mr Murphy claimed that the protest had been peaceful.

“Joan Burton is telling lies and there’s video evidence that she is telling lies," he said on RTE Radio 1 this afternoon.

“She’s attempting to demonise what were peaceful protests. The protest and all the protestors were peaceful all the time."

“I didn’t set out to do anything. I did not organise this protest. It was organised by local residents," he argued.

 

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