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Sunday 4 June 2023 Dublin: 8°C
# Poll wallop
This man got more than he bargained for when he tried to question a Labour TD
Joe Costello was accosted by anti-water charge protesters in his constituency last night.

SOME ANTI-WATER CHARGES protesters have filmed their attempts to question government ministers and TDs on the streets in recent times, but one got more than he bargained for last night.

A man who identified himself as Andy Whelan, from Revolution Republic News, was filmed walking alongside Labour TD Joe Costello as he canvassed on Cathal Brugha Street in his constituency last night.

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Whelan’s question was not unreasonable as he asked the former junior minister:

With such hard public opposition to Irish Water why is your Minister for Environment, Alan Kelly, still pushing such a hardline attitude on something that the people of this country so fervently do not want?

Costello, like other government TDs, refused to engage as several cameras focused in on him and the gardaí walked not too far behind.

Whelan pleaded for an answer: “C’mon Joe give me one question, please. C’mon Joe, give me a bit of respect.”

But just as things started to escalate, this happened:

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Filmed a short time later Whelan was sporting an impressive bump on his head but was taking it in good spirits.

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Jesus, that was one hell of a bang and a half. Well It can’t be said I’m not willing to take a hit for the team. By-jaysus, my head is splitting!

Talk about a wallop at the polls…

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