We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Submitted by a reader

Kenny targeted by 200 pro-life protestors in Longford

The Taoiseach was giving a speech at the unveiling of a Civil War hero’s statue when he was heckled by protestors.

Updated, 19:06

AROUND 200 PRO-LIFE protestors demonstrated at an event in Co Longford yesterday, as Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived to unveil a statue.

The Taoiseach was in Ballinalee, unveiling a statue of General Sean Mac Eoin, a statesman and War of Independence hero, when the demonstrators made their voices heard.

He was repeatedly heckled during a 20-minute address to the public, with demonstrators holding banners and placards demanding that the Taoiseach “keep his promise” of refusing to allow abortion in Ireland.

Demonstrators said Kenny wanted to “kill the unborn”, in the latest public demonstration of opposition to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.

Kenny laid a wreath at the feet of Mac Eoin, who fought on the Free State side of the Civil War.

Mac Eoin later became a TD, winning a by-election in 1932 and remaining a TD serving counties Sligo, Leitrim, Longford and Westmeath until eventually being defeated in 1965.

He also fought two presidential elections for Fine Gael, being defeated by Seán T O’Kelly in 1945 and by Éamon de Valera in 1959 – taking 43.7 per cent of the vote against the incumbent 76-year-old Taoiseach.

Meanwhile, the Irish Independent this morning reported that Kenny’s family home in Castlebar was also picketed by protestors last night – some of them clad in white shawls and wearing skeleton masks.

It said the visit of the 15 protestors was the first time the Kenny family home had been targeted in the campaign.

The Taoiseach himself was not present, but that his wife Fionnuala and son Ferdia were present, the Independent added.

It has since emerged, however, that the protestors were not part of a pro-life organisation – and were in fact mounting a father’s rights protest to mark Father’s Day.

Read: Reilly concedes that abortion laws will mean more babies ‘suffering damage’

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.