Group plan to sting Kenny visit

THE group behind protest that saw Minister Joan Burton booed and heckled from Dundalk earlier in the year have now set their sights on the Taoiseach.

THE group behind protest that saw Minister Joan Burton booed and heckled from Dundalk earlier in the year have now set their sights on the Taoiseach.

The Dundalk Campaign Against Property Taxes and Austerity (DCAPTA) and a number of other anti-austerity groups plan to bus people out ot Ballymascanlon Hotel where Enda Kenny will be attending on Thursday..

In a statement given to the Dundalk Democrat, Dundalk Campaign Against Property Taxes and Austerity, said: “The Dundalk Campaign Against Property Taxes and Austerity, in conjunction with other anti-austerity groups, will be protesting at the visit of Enda Kenny to the Ballymascanlon Hotel on Wednesday the 25th of April.

“We hope that this event will be as successful as the last and hope Enda will beat Minister for Social Protection Burton’s world record for leaving Dundalk in a hurry.

“Campaigners will be gathering at the Ballymascanlon Hotel from 10.30 am and a shuttle bus will be leaving from the side of the Magnet Theatre near the entrance of the Friary school at 11.30 am for those who may require transport out to the venue.

“We ask the people of Dundalk to join us in expressing to Mr. Kenny our disgust at his direction of the economy, forcing upon the people economic hardships that are strangling families and communities.”
Earlier in the year there were ugly scenes in the Marsh Shopping centre at a jobs fair when a group of angry DCAPTA members shouted down the Minister when she was about the address the fair.

Demonstrators chanted slogans and “shame on you” and waved placards bearing messages protesting against cuts to child benefit and the imposition of the household charge and septic tank charges.

Minister Burton was escorted from the shopping centre and minor altercation broke out between protestors and members of staff.