VIDEO: Minister Noonan called a "f****** traitor" during Taoiseach Enda Kenny's visit to Limerick
The Taoiseach and Minister for Finance have been met by an angry mob of anti-austerity protestors in Limerick.
Around 80 protestors for the Anti Austerity Alliance (AAA), and others, surrounded Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan as they went on an electioneering walkabout pressing the flesh in the Treaty City.
The crowd grew close to 100 as Mr Kenny and Mr Noonan walked around the city centre. Protestors called Mr Noonan a "f****** traitor" for his austere budgets.
The Minister, visibly annoyed, responded to one protestor: "Go away. We'll see how much votes you get".
Making a reference to the ongoing controversy surrounding Garda whistleblower policy, the protestors blew whistles and shouted: "We're here to 'blow the whistle' on austerity."
"Limerick is not the backdrop for their photo shoot -- it is the crime scene for Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan's policies," explained AAA local election candidate Cian Prendiville.
Mr Kenny kept smiling as a large crowd followed him waving anti-water tax protest placards. The crowd heckled and whistled as the Fine Gael leader met party colleagues, supporters and members of the public, on his whistle stop tour.
Garryowen pensioner and widow Brian Hinchy, who is wheelchair bound, confronted the Taoiseach over why his medical card had been taken off him.
Mr Hinchy said his annual income is only €18,000.
"We could do an awful lot with that €80 billion euro we paid to the bankers and bond holders," Mr Hinchy told the Taoiseach.
"Bet your life (we could)," Mr Kenny replied.
The Taoiseach said he would look into Mr Hinchy's medical card situation.
As he took refuge in his car to leave, the Taoiseach remained upbeat despite enduring the half-hour ear piercing protest.
He remarked: "Ah sure, we encounter this in many places around the country."
He added: "We've a job to do to get it all sorted out. It's never easy and we understand the challenges and the difficulties that many people have."
"We'll try to make it as easy as possible and provide opportunities for work and employment. That's what it's about."
Mr Kenny said he "understands fully the nature of the challenges people face".
"We meet it in many places around the country but that's the job I was given to do, to sort it all out. And, we're making real progress," the Taoiseach added.
Mr Kenny is on his way to Ennis before traveling to Galway where he will discuss the fallout from the Guerin Report.