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Poll: Should protesters demonstrate outside politicians' homes?

Abortion and austerity protests have been held outside TDs’ family homes in recent weeks.

An anti-abortion protest outside Justice Minister Alan Shatter's home last month.
An anti-abortion protest outside Justice Minister Alan Shatter's home last month.

IRELAND ISN’T GENERALLY known as a country of protesters but in recent months rallies against abortion legislation and ongoing austerity have become more common.

A new tactic has brought demonstrators to the the homes of politicians, seen most recently outside Enda Kenny’s Castlebar house. The Irish Independent reports that 15 people – some of them clad in white shawls and wearing skeleton masks – from a Fathers’ Rights Group turned up to the property on Sunday.

Speaking in Cork at the weekend, Sinn Féin’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald condemned the practice. According to the Irish Examiner she urged campaigners against household and water charges not to present themselves at the family home of a politician.

But at the same meeting one demonstrator argued, “These people have brought the war to every single home and family in this country. We’re bringing the war right back to them.”

What do you think? Should protesters demonstrate outside politicians’ homes?


Poll Results:

No (4608)
I don't know (2901)
Yes (1353)



Related: Abortion protesters gather outside Justice Minister’s home

Read: Kenny targeted by 200 pro-life protestors in Longford

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