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Labour delegates vote to oppose sale of semi-state assets

Gardaí deployed pepper spray on protesters gathered outside the conference, and a cameraman was reportedly injured.

Protesters make their way to Bailey Allen Hall in NUI Galway where the Labour Party are having their annual conference
Protesters make their way to Bailey Allen Hall in NUI Galway where the Labour Party are having their annual conference
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

DELEGATES AT THE Labour Party’s annual conference, currently being held in Galway, have voted to totally reject the sale of semi-state assets.

The motion was carried by 158 to 152 in a card vote, reports RTÉ.

Meanwhile, several thousand people gathered outside the conference to protest against Government policies.

Gardaí say that some protesters began removing barriers and that pepper spray was deployed on those who had directed violence towards the authorities.

A cameraman was injured after reportedly being sprayed.

Ethics legislation

Speaking at the conference earlier today, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said the Government would undertake a “root and branch reworking” of the existing ethics legislation in Ireland.

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