Minister had to abandon car near M50 after it was pelted with stones and eggs
James Reilly head and shoulders
9 Oct 2015
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly was forced to abandon his ministerial car after it was surrounded by protesters. Mr Reilly had to be given a Garda escort out of Bluebell in west Dublin yesterday evening when he was advised that returning to his car might provoke a serious incident.
His privately-owned car was blocked in by protesters who threw stones and eggs at it.
The vehicle was later brought to Kilmainham Garda station for forensic examination and is reported to have been damaged. Mr Reilly was at the launch of the National Youth Strategy 2015-2020 in the Bluebell Youth and Community Project on Thursday afternoon. After he arrived, his ministerial car was surrounded by young protesters and the gardaí were called. The Public Order Unit was called and a standoff ensued between gardaí and protesters which lasted until 9pm on Thursday night. Photographs have emerged of both the ministerial car and Garda cars being pelted with eggs. A spokesman for the Minister said that he had taken a Garda escort “in the interests of public safety. On the advice of An Garda Síochana, the minister did not return to his car which might have provoked a more serious incident.The minister was driven away from the event.” Gardai confirmed they are investigating a public order incidennt in Bluebell yesterday afternoon and said there were no arrests or injuries reported. The incident in Bluebell was similar to one at Jobstown last year when An Tanaiste Joan Burton was trapped in her car for several hours by water protesters.
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