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When I first heard about an incident on Kildare Street last night, I assumed it had something to do with the head shops. Citizens annoyed at their inability to score plant food and bath salts were running amok in the …

Wed, May 12, 2010, 14:01

   

When I first heard about an incident on Kildare Street last night, I assumed it had something to do with the head shops. Citizens annoyed at their inability to score plant food and bath salts were running amok in the city-centre! Forget the banks and the econony, this was the real hot-button issue which would send Irish people to man and woman the barricades! Viva la revolution! Etc!

But no… Last night’s scuffles at Dail Eireann came in the wake of a protest march against government policies which attracted between 500 and 2,000 people, depending on what news source you believe. Some urchins decided to have a pop at the guards outside Leinster House in an effort to rush into Dail Eireann and, er, do something. Twitter was ablaze for at least 10 minutes with breathless reports of the “my friend said” variety. Sky News stopped covering the return of the Tories to power in Britain to cover the Kerfuffle on Kildare Street. News desks all over the city went into a frenzy last seen when the vending machine ran out of Yorkies. It was an event.

This photo is brilliant. There are more folks with cameras than protestors, as citizen journalist proudly and bravely takes a stand against tyranny, aggression and a distinct lack of height. But, best of all, in the right-hand corner of the photo, you can see the one and only Vinny Browne and his big microphone. There is an evil grin on Vinny’s face as he takes in the scene, while making sure his TV3 cameraman is getting all the action. Vinny was on the Pat Kenny Show this morning to give his eyewitness account of the “riot”. I nearly crashed the car laughing at his report, especially his description of the young lad who made it past the guards and into the Dail grounds. “He looked lost”, reckoned Vinnie.

The revolution will be televised. Same place, same time next week, yeah? Man, there’s a lovely stretch in the evenings.