Rabbitte shrugs off pub confrontation - says protesters missed opportunity
Group surround Rabbitte after holding protest outside Leinster House
Later the protesters chant “shame on you”. The voice of a woman is heard shouting: “We are paying your f***ing wages, scumbag”.
A female voice is also heard shouting at him, challenging him to address her: “Look at your people, look at my face, you are destroying our lives.”
A yellow flag is seen fluttering in shot and tricolours can also be seen in the mirror behind Mr Rabbitte. It is thought that the majority of the protesters were from Eirigi, the splinter republican group, who prominently displayed tricolours.
Video of Rabbitte being confronted by protesters
The translation of the username used by the poster is “Good bye and go home foreign” - the ‘eachtrann’ part is possibly short for ‘eachtrannaigh’ (foreigners).
The incident started when Mr Rabbitte and his colleagues were sitting outside Doheny and Nesbitt’s at about 7pm. A small group of people who had been part of a protest against banks and austerity measures organised by Dublin Says No passed by.
Recognising the Labour Party Minister, they doubled back and started chanting at him. The incident lasted a few minutes and the small group left.
However, within half an hour a group of about 40 marched up Merrion Row and converged outside the pub. Mr Rabbitte went inside ahead of the group who chanted outside for a few minutes before all piling inside.
The group then surrounded the Minister who was sitting on a stool and began shouting abuse and slogans at him, berating him for his role in Government and chanting ‘Run Rabbitte Run’.
The incident lasted for between five and ten minutes. A number of off-duty gardaí who happened to be in the bar heard the commotion and tried to break up the protest. Several minutes later uniformed gardaí arrived and dispersed the protesters
It is not the first time this month there has been a run-in between a Labour Minister and members of Dublin Says No. Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin was also subjected to a protest, which the group posted on YouTube.
In 2012 a group of protesters surrounded Mr Rabbitte’s table while he was eating lunch in Buswell’s Hotel in 2012. One of the protesters accused him of selling-off the country’s resources, claiming there were four suicides a day [because of the Coalition]’.
The protesters in 2012 also shouted that Mr Rabbitte should bring in the Union Jack and that Ireland was not a free country.