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Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe. Pic. Damien Eagers.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe. Pic. Damien Eagers.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe. Pic. Damien Eagers.

A government minister has reacted angrily to a demonstration being staged outside his Dublin home by a group of current and former airport workers.

Up to 100 people protested outside Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe's home on Tuesday night over a row involving their pensions.

The protesters are demanding the minister (inset) block a proposed cut to their defined benefit pension scheme. Airport workers and pensioners who have since retired face reductions in their benefits from January 1 as part of a move to plug a €750m deficit in the scheme.

The protest took place while he was in Leinster House. His wife and young children, who were inside the property, were upset and distressed according to sources. Gardai were called to the scene but no incidents took place.

Mr Donohoe yesterday expressed anger at the decision by the demonstrators to target his home. He was particularly aggrieved as those present knew he was not home.

"I believe the scale of protest that occurred outside my home is absolutely unacceptable. It is particularly unacceptable given that the protesters were aware I was not at home. And I'm not making any further comment on that matter," the Fine Gael politician said.

Efforts to contact representatives from the protest group proved unsuccessful last night.

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