Burton heckled at Dundalk event

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton was in Dundalk to announce details of a scheme which is intended to incentivise businesses to hire additional employees from the live register. Image: Still/Irish Times video

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton was in Dundalk to announce details of a scheme which is intended to incentivise businesses to hire additional employees from the live register. Image: Still/Irish Times video

Fri, Feb 22, 2013, 00:00

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton was interrupted by hecklers at an event in Dundalk town centre this afternoon

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.

The protest took place at the of a JobsPlus scheme at Marshes Shopping Centre in the town. She accused the hecklers launch sullying the reputation of Dundalk.

"I know Dundalk an awful lot longer than some of the people inside and my only concern would be that they would give Dundalk, which is full of the most hard-working people in businesses, that they would really give the people of Dundalk a bad image," Ms Burton said after the event.

"We're here today to provide employment to people and I'm afraid that the people shouting and roaring inside don't seem to care about their fellow Dundalk citizens. And that's a pity." 

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