Friday 23 February 2018

Protest at Taoiseach's home 'a bridge too far'

Fathers Rights Groups protesting outside Enda Kenny's house in Castlebar
Fathers Rights Groups protesting outside Enda Kenny's house in Castlebar

A LOW-PROFILE fathers' rights group says it was responsible for the picket at Taoiseach Enda Kenny's home, where some of the protesters were wearing masks.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan said the protest by Fathers Rights Ireland was a "bridge too far".

Mr Noonan said people have a right to express their views but insisted the private home of the Taoiseach or ministers should not be targeted.

"I think people should be free to express their views and if the expression of their views requires public protest, well that's part of democracy as well.

"But they shouldn't have the protests outside the private homes of the Taoiseach or ministers and certainly that's a bridge too far in my view."

The incident at Mr Kenny's home took place on Sunday evening at 7pm when a group of seven protesters, some of whom were masked, picketed outside his Castlebar home. Initially, the protesters were mistaken for pro-life campaigners.

Mr Kenny was not at home but his wife Fionnuala and son Ferdia were present.

Irish Independent

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