Protesters who picketed Harris demonstrate at Richard Bruton’s home
Members of Fingal Battalion say they are protesting over proposed carbon tax changes
Members of the Fingal Battalion Against Austerity protest outside the home of Minister for the Environment Richard Bruton on Griffith Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times
Approximately ten people identifying themselves as members of the Fingal Battalion began the protest this afternoon on the footpath outside Mr Bruton’s House on Griffith Avenue in north Dublin shortly after 2pm.
The protesters declined to speak to reporters at the scene.
In a video posted to Facebook, a spokesman for the group called Mr Bruton “another pillar figure” in the “failed free State.”
He said on the video the Minister was about to impose another tax, a carbon tax, on communities. “We’ve had enough taxes on the working class of Ireland. ”
The protest was observed by eight gardaí and it ended two hours later.
A number of the same protesters who were present at the demonstration outside Mr Harris’s house last weekend, which was widely condemned by politicians and groups from across the political spectrum, including by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation which is currently in dispute with the Minister over nurses’ pay, took part.
Yesterday Mr Harris said the protest was “a clear attempt to intimidate my family and my neighbours.”
He said he believed the protesters had identified exactly where he lived by following his wife and infant daughter home.
About six protesters demonstrated at the gates to the complex.