Taoiseach heckled at Mansion House dinner

Members of the Right to Work campaign tonight branded Taoiseach Brian Cowen a “parasite” and a “coward” as he attended a dinner held by Ibec at Dublin’s Mansion House.

Crumlin-Kimmage councillor Joan Collins was present as members of the Right to Work campaign protested outside the Dawson street venue and describes it as a “Marie-Antoinette like situation”.

“The anger was palpable,” says councillor Collins, “They [the attendees] had to get through the crowd of a few hundred people to get into the Mansion House, they were really running a gauntlet.”

Councillor Collins believes that the protesters were agitated because of the prices paid by attendees for tables at the dinner- €1300, according to the People Before Profit representative.

“Of the hundreds there, many of the protesters were non-political. This is all part of the effort to build the Right to Work campaign into a broader movement. Ordinary people are angry that the pigs still have their snouts in the trough while the people are facing wage cuts.”

The Right to Work campaign are among the groups participating in the Dublin part of  Saturday’s Europe-wide protest called by the European Left group in the European Parliament against EU and IMF cuts.

Ibec were unavialable for comment.

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