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Sinn Féin activists breach gates of Government Buildings

About 100 anti-government protestors – led by Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh – force their way past Gardaí.

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh pictured protesting outside government buildings.
Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh pictured protesting outside government buildings.
Image: YouTube/BBC News

A GROUP OF ABOUT 100 protestors – many of them carrying Sinn Féin banners – forced their way through the gates of government buildings earlier this afternoon, following a protest against the government’s handling of the economy.

The group – led by Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh - were calling for the immediate resignation of the Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, following yesterday’s announcement that Ireland had been forced to seek emergency bailout funding from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

Some members of the group were captured on film by BBC News breaking through the Merrion Street gates of the complex – which houses the Department of the Taoiseach – amid Garda resistance.

The video also appears to show Ó Snodaigh being attacked by a Garda after falling to the ground.


A later video posted by Paraic Gallagher of Newstalk (warning: strong language) showed the scene being cleared, though a significant Sinn Féin protest remained active.

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