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Taoiseach confronted by 'knicker-brandishing' protesters during Fine Gael dinner

He was presented with women’s underwear.

Source: Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A./YouTube

TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY was confronted by pro-choice protesters at a Fine Gael fundraising dinner in London last night.

Two members of the Speaking of IMELDA group, who had purchased tickets for the £100-per-head event, approached the Taoiseach and presented him with women’s underwear, with “Repeal the 8th, Enda” written on them.

In a video of the incident, the Taoiseach did not comment to the protesters.

The two women said that as many as 12 women a day travel to the United Kingdom from Ireland to seek ‘safe and legal abortion’.

A spokesperson for the group said the women were escorted off the premises by security, who were “courteous”. It is understood they did not attempt to enter the building again.

Speaking of IMEDLA sold more pairs of the underwear outside the hotel as part of their #KnickersForChoice campaign.

Speaking earlier this week, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar reiterated that the Government has no intention of repealing the 8th amendment in the Constitution.

The Health Minister said that he would not be expressing his personal opinion on the matter, rather the stance of the Government.

It is understood the dinner went ahead as planned. In a speech later yesterday evening, the Taoiseach said the economy was a “critical juncture”.

“We are now in a situation where Ireland has one of the fastest growing economies in Europe,” he said.

“The decisions this Government will take can either secure recovery or threaten it. ”

The Taoiseach’s office has been contacted for comment. Originally published 3.09pm

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