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Friday 17 November 2017

Rabbitte: protester jostling is just one of those things

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

COMMUNICATIONS Minister Pat Rabbitte has played down being confronted by protesters in a pub as "one of these things".

Gardai were called to Doheny and Nesbitt's pub on Baggot Street after Mr Rabbitte was cornered and surrounded by up to 50 chanting protesters at the back of the popular drinking house.

Mr Rabbitte said he was subjected to a "bit of jostling and abuse and all that kind of stuff" from the anti-austerity protesters.

Upstairs in the same premises, at the time of the incident, Public Spending 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.

He said a group of protesters spotted him having a drink outside the bar and organised to get a larger number 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 protesters 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.

Irish Independent

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