Howlin and Lawlor targeted in cafe
MORE than 30 Anti Austerity Alliance protestors followed Minister Brendan Howlin and Cllr George Lawlor into a restaurant in Dublin on Sunday, leaving them shaken and upset.
Cllr Lawlor said he was enjoying lunch and a beer with Minister Howlin when a group of noisy protestors appeared at the window where they were sitting.
Cllr Lawlor said: 'It was not a pleasant experience to have people screaming obscenities at you. Unfortunately these are the tactics they seem to resort to.'
He said protestors followed them from the bridge over to the quays where they stopped into Bar Italia, a restaurant owned by Wexford Deputy Mick Wallace.
'As we came over the bridge they started shouting at us, calling us traitors to the people of Ireland. They knew exactly where we were. One of them walked into the restaurant and tipped off the rest.'
A video of the incident posted by the Facebook group Dublin Says No entitled 'Brendan Howlin didn't like this for starters' was viewed over 7,000 times, while other postings were viewed over 15,000 times.
Minister Howlin and Cllr Lawlor were attending a National Day of Commemoration in the Royal Hospital. The video shows the protestors confronting Minister Howlin and shouting at him through the restaurant window. Minister Howlin turns away covering his face but the protestors follow him inside and abuse him, calling him a scumbag and calling Cllr Lawlor a 'b******'. They also called for 'no more evictions'. Minister Howlin used his phone to record the incident. Gardaí attended the scene and the crowd dispersed.
'We came across this before from Sinn Fein and the People Before Profit parties when they screamed "scumbag" at the late Tommy Carr,' Cllr Lawlor said.