Tuesday 24 October 2017

Hopes vanish as Houdini Hogan slips even Spider-Man's web

Gardai try to hold back protesters against household charges in Glenties, Co Donegal, during the MacGill Summer School, as Environment Minister Phil Hogan arrives there to speak.
Gardai try to hold back protesters against household charges in Glenties, Co Donegal, during the MacGill Summer School, as Environment Minister Phil Hogan arrives there to speak.

There were soldiers with large guns on the Main Street of Glenties yesterday, which seemed like a bit of an over-reaction to the arrival in town of the minister everyone loves to roar at: Phil Hogan, scourge of septic tank owners, fiendish architect of the household charge.

But the army lads were merely minding the Securicor van parked outside the bank. Big Phil's well able to look after himself. Walking through a bunch of about 60 protesters gathered outside the Highland Hotel brandishing placards proclaiming 'Won't Pay' would be akin to a gentle stroll in the park for Fearless Phil, given that being on the receiving end of dog's abuse is part of the Environment Minister's daily routine now.

And so everyone waited for the minister to stroll the gauntlet of disgruntled citizenry with a nonchalant air. Even Spider-Man was on patrol. "I'm going to climb up the building," explained the chap in the costume.

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