Monday 26 August 2019

Protesters force minister and family to evacuate their home

Demonstration: Paul Kehoe’s family home was targeted. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Demonstration: Paul Kehoe’s family home was targeted. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Junior Defence Minister Paul Kehoe has become the latest politician to be targeted by protesters at his home.

The Fine Gael minister, his wife and three young children were forced to evacuate their home in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, yesterday after protesters appeared outside.

In a video posted by the group, a spokesman cited homelessness, housing and health waiting lists among the reasons for targeting the minister at his home.

The protest is the latest in a series of similar demonstrations at the homes of ministers.

Health Minister Simon Harris, Education Minister Richard Bruton and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy have all been subject to similar protests.

Mr Harris previously revealed he believed protesters had found his house by following his wife and baby home from a walk.

The protests have been widely condemned across the political spectrum.

A Garda spokeswoman said: "Gardaí attended the scene of a protest outside a house in Enniscorthy at approximately 1.45pm.

"Protesters have left the scene peacefully and enquiries will be carried out."

Irish Independent

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