Water protesters launch personal attack on Taoiseach Enda Kenny by displaying banner purporting to come from his late mother

Protesters with the banner
Protesters with the banner

A group of water protesters yesterday delivered a sickening personal attack on Taoiseach Enda Kenny by displaying a banner purporting to come from his late mother.

The banner, which was the work of members of the Donegal Water Warriors group, was unfurled during a protest outside the annual MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal.

As the Taoiseach arrived to speak, dozens of anti-water charge protesters shouted slurs and waved anti-water charge banners, one of which was addressed to Enda Kenny from his late mother.

It read: “Kenny a message for you, from guess who?? I lie here in my grave, restless, distraught, in tears and despair as I unable to stop you rob cheat and lie to the Irish people. Please stop before it too late so I can RIP Your Mother. Bye”.

Yesterday, one member, Annmarie Patten, defended the message claiming: “I don’t feel it is too personal, I’m sure his mother is turning in her grave.”

As Mr Kenny spoke, the chants from protesters could still be heard from outside.

The Taoiseach made no reference to the banner, and instead laughed off the protesters, telling the gathering: “Thank you for the welcome here in Glenties, inside and outside.”

He told the crowd the country was at a crossroads, warning: “In times ahead, we can retrace our steps but we can never undo the initial road that we decide to travel.”

Speaking about the 50pc tax rate that kicks in on incomes over €33,800, he said “it’s too high a rate and it kicks in too early”.

He said he understood many young emigrants were opting not to return because they felt they were being “screwed” by taxes here.

But he insisted this would be addressed in the upcoming Budget, where USC would be further reduced and the marginal rate of tax paid by those on under €70,000 would drop below 50pc.

In a pointed attack on Sinn Fein and independents ahead of the election, he said it would be “a political freakshow, free for all, where it’s none for all and all for none”.

He also warned against a return to the boom-and-bust days of Fianna Fail leadership, saying it wouldn’t take much to put the country into reverse.