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'Nobody hurt or afraid' as man throws bottle of cola at Health Minister

James Reilly was in Waterford today, but not everyone was happy to see him.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

THE HEALTH MINISTER walked away from an incident where a man threw a full bottle of cola at him in Waterford unshaken, a spokesperson said.

James Reilly was in Waterford to officially upgrade Waterford Regional Hospital to university status.

However, after taking a tour of the building, Reilly was approached by a man in a wheelchair, who threw the two litre bottle at the ground near the minister.

The bottle burst open and the man was taken from the area.

A spokesperson for the Minister said that the incident was a minor one that did not take away from the day.

The incident was over in seconds and nobody was hurt or afraid.

“The incident took nothing from the importance of the day, which was elevating Waterford Hospital to University status.”

Watch: Dozens of angry protesters heckle James Reilly at Roscommon Hospital

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