Saturday 16 December 2017

Rabbitte confirms he was ‘jostled and abused’ by protestors in bar

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

COMMUNICATIONS Minister Pat Rabbitte says he was subjected to a "bit of jostling and abuse and all that kind of stuff" from protestors in a Dublin bar last night.

There were ugly scenes in a pub just a stone's throw from the Dail as anti-austerity protestors confronted Mr Rabbitte.

Gardai were called to the pub after Mr Rabbitte was cornered and surrounded by up to 50 chanting protesters at the back of the popular drinking house.

Upstairs in Doheny and Nesbitt's pub on Baggot Street as Minister Brendan Howlin was attending a reception with officials from the IMF.

However, none of the protesters attempted to gain access to the gathering with the IMF and it is unclear whether they were aware it was taking place.

The incident was "one of these things", Mr Rabbitte said on Newstalk Breakfast with Chris Donoghue.

He said a group of protestors spotted him having a drink outside the bar and organised to get a larger numbers up from the front gate of the Dail.

The minister said there was a "bit of jostling and abuse and all that kind of stuff".

He said the protestors were "waving Bobby Sands posters in my face and Eirigi says this and Eirigi says that".

Mr Rabbitte said he presumed the bar owner made the decision to call the gardai.

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