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Simon Coveney hits out at Leo Varadkar protestors but outlines difficulty in stopping them

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has hit out at the protestors who demonstrated outside the home of Leo Varadkar.

Coveney said that the families of politicians or public figures should not be fair game for aggressive lobbying.

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He said the protests at Varadkar’s home might have crossed into intimidation at a person’s home, adding that he would like to see people use “common decency” and protest outside offices or the Dáil, rather than outside someone’s private home.

However, he acknowledged the difficulty in bringing about legislation to prevent such events occurring.

“Protests on the street is a public place. If that happens to be close to a person’s home, then I think it’s very difficult to legislate to prevent that,” he said.

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Gardaí were alerted to the incident outside Leo Varadkar’s home at roughly 1:00pm on Sunday, and once Gardaí attended the scene, the protest ended.

Politicians have been strongly condemning the incident, including leader of the opposition Mary Lou McDonald, who said those involved should be investigated and prosecuted.

IMAGE – “Simon Coveney TD, Tánaiste and Minister” (CC BY 2.0) by Chatham House, London/ PA Images

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