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Dirty protest: Protesters from Speaking of Imelda hand out underwear at the Friends of Fine Gael event in London

Dirty protest: Protesters from Speaking of Imelda hand out underwear at the Friends of Fine Gael event in London

Dirty protest: Protesters from Speaking of Imelda hand out underwear at the Friends of Fine Gael event in London

Fine Gael grandees got their knickers in a twist when a fundraising dinner in London was hijacked by a women's rights group who taunted Taoiseach Enda Kenny with ladies' underwear.

The party fundraiser evening was interrupted by a direct-action group calling for change to Irish abortion law.

During the protest, a pair of white undies - decorated with the slogan 'Repeal the Eighth' - was thrown on to the Taoiseach's place setting.

The Taoiseach reacted very cooly, while a companion at the table hid the knickers under a napkin.

The group, who call themselves Speaking of Imelda (Ireland Making England the Legal Destination for Abortion), chanted "Repeal the Eighth, repeal the Eighth", referring to calls for a new Irish referendum on abortion.

The two women who gatecrashed the political event, welcomed Mr Kenny to London and spoke in unison as they recited: "Twelve women a day have no option but to make the same trip from Ireland everyday."

The duo were removed by security as the Taoiseach remained in his chair. Another member of the group videotaped the protest.

"We came tonight because we wanted to spread our message to Irish people specifically and to highlight the issue of abortion in Ireland," said Belfast-born Tina Cluskey from the Imelda group.

The Friends of Fine Gael event was attended by 200 party supporters who paid €126 a head. Tables cost about €1,200. In total, the Fine Gael party raised €25,000 from the dinner at the Crown Moran Hotel in Cricklewood.

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