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Sunday 18 February 2018

Protester removed from Dail after bottle incident

Fionnan Sheahan and Brendan Furlong

A protester was removed from the Dail last night after throwing a bottle of water.

The woman was seated in the public gallery above the Dail chamber, from where the bottle hit the glass partition which separates members of the public from the TDs.

She was asked to leave and she did so voluntarily, escorted by Leinster House security. The incident took place during a debate on special needs assistants and cuts to education.

Meanwhile, colourful Independent TD Mick Wallace had a new worry yesterday -- that a road would cut through his beloved soccer club.

"They'll have to bury me first," he said after he learned that the Oylegate to Rosslare Harbour motorway route would cut through Wexford Youths Soccer Complex, taking the clubhouse and a pitch.

"I understand it's running right through my place and will take the complex and the back pitch," said Mr Wallace after Wexford County Council unveiled the preferred route.

"There's no sense in it. It's unreal," said the TD.

"If anyone thinks I'm going to let it happen, they'll have to bury me first."

It was only last week that he tackled Transport Minister Leo Varadkar about the proposed road and told him it was ridiculous to pick a route and freeze it.

"When they go back to it in 10 or 20 years' time, they will have to review it yet again, because things will have changed," he said.

The minister accepted this was a good point and said he would look into it.

Mr Wallace said: "There's no sense in the road anyway. They have built other roads based on a huge exaggeration of car numbers. These contracts were given out by the last government to create jobs for their friends."

Irish Independent

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