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Scuffles between water charge protesters and gardaí as Alan Kelly arrives at the Dáil

Protesters chanted “shame on you” as Kelly made his way to the gates.

Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

THERE WERE MINOR scuffles between water charge protesters and gardaí earlier as Labour TD Alan Kelly arrived at the Dáil.

A large group of protesters gathered outside of the Dáil ahead of a debate on a Sinn Féin-tabled motion calling for the controversial charges to be scrapped.

25/5/2016 Water Protest. Pictured this evening out TD Paul Murphy pictured with protesters earlier today. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

As the former Minister for Environment arrived outside the gates to make his way to Leinster House, he was approached by a small number of people who were part of the demonstration.

Photos show scuffles between protesters and gardaí, as officers moved them out of the former minister’s path.

Source: Sam Boal

Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

The crowd can be heard, in footage captured by an RTÉ cameraman, loudly chanting “shame, shame, shame on you” as Kelly walks inside.

A Labour spokesperson said the TD came away from the incident unscathed.

25/05/2016. Water protest - Alan Kelly. Pictured W Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Sinn Féin’s motion is supported by a number of other parties, with a vote expected at around 8.30pm. Earlier this week it looked like new junior minister John Halligan might vote against the government, but he later said he would support the counter-motion that is being put forward.

The government’s amendment would suspend charges for nine months pending a review by an independent commission.

Read: Now John Halligan says he’ll vote WITH the government on water charges>

Read: Fianna Fáil TD says people should pay water bills, before calling the whole thing a ‘sorry mess’>

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