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Loud drinkers Boozy 'Irish backpackers' force ex-deputy Australian PM out of Canberra pub

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Barnaby Joyce : Pic source Twitter

Barnaby Joyce : Pic source Twitter

Barnaby Joyce : Pic source Twitter

Boozed-up Irish backpackers harassed Australian politicians Barnaby Joyce and Llew O'Brien and forced them to leave a Canberra pub, according to news reports. 

The former Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Speaker Mr O'Brien claim they were enjoying their Sunday evening at the Civic Pub in Braddon when they were allegedly spotted by some rowdy drinkers.

However, some high spirited banter between the two public officials and the Irish visitors took a turn for the worse and both men decided to make a quick exit and end their night early.

Initial reports had claimed that the politician had been asked to leave the bar by security.

However, the pair have since confirmed to an Australian news organisation that they made the decision to cut their night short due to their encounter with a group of “loud” Irish backpackers.

“No, no, it was certainly nothing to do with me,” Mr Joyce told news.com.au.

“Someone was being rude to Llew. What happened (was) there were Irish backpackers and they were being loud and I thought, ‘Let’s get out of here’.”

Asked why the backpackers were being rude to the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Joyce replied, “I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know. Bye!”

It is understood that the confrontation occurred over a discussion on whether Mike Tyson’s comeback fight against Roy Jones Jnr on Sunday night was the worst fight in the history of boxing.

There was an initial conversation about the fight which spiraled out of control and prompted both me to leave the pub.

The Civic Pub in Braddon confirmed there was a fresh incident on Sunday night but a barman who spoke to news.com.au said he wasn’t completely across the details but offered to get in touch with staff who were on duty at the time.

The Braddon pub, situated in Londsdale St, is situated just a two-minute walk from Canberra’s famous “rainbow roundabout”, which was painted in rainbow colours to celebrate the passage of same sex marriage laws.

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