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A protester confronts gardaí during last night’s demonstration

A protester confronts gardaí during last night’s demonstration

A protester confronts gardaí during last night’s demonstration

A group of up to 20 anti-water charges protesters heckled and jeered Tánaiste Joan Burton and blockaded her car as she left a function in Dublin.

There was a strong Garda presence as Ms Burton, who remained calm throughout the demonstration, smiled as she was led to her ministerial car. The vehicle was flanked by members of An Garda Síochána.

The Labour leader was leaving the Regency Hotel in north Dublin shortly after 9.30pm, having attended a meeting of the Marriage Equality Referendum Campaign.

Up to three members of the protest group lay in front of her vehicle as it attempted to leave the area.

One man sat on the bonnet of a moving garda car as it attempted to leave the hotel car park.

Gardaí were forced to physically restrain a number of protesters, who had begun to gather outside the hotel shortly after 8pm.

They had earlier attended the meeting but walked out midway through.

Last November, the Tánaiste was trapped in her car for more than three hours by anti-water meter protesters.

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