Taoiseach claims Sinn Féin ‘balaclava slipped’ in eviction row

Pearse Doherty tells Dáil: ‘It was an ordeal of thuggery from a group of men acting on behalf of a financial institution’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has accused Sinn Féin deputy leader Pearse Doherty of letting his “balaclava slip” in a row over the controversial eviction in Co Roscommon last week. Video: Oireachtas TV

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has accused Sinn Féin deputy leader Pearse Doherty of letting his “balaclava slip” in a row over the controversial eviction in Co Roscommon last week.

There were bitter exchanges over the eviction by a private security firm of three elderly people from their farm near Strokestown and the subsequent vigilante incident early on Sunday morning when eight people were injured four vehicles were set on fire, and a dog had to be put down at the farm.

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