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26th Feb 2019

Protesters Targeted Leo Varadkar’s House In Castleknock For The Second Week In A Row

Kiara Keane

Protesters once again targeted Leo Varadkar’s home on Saturday night for the second week in a row.

A small group of ‘yellow vest’ protesters held a demonstration outside the Taoiseach’s apartment complex in Castleknock for around an hour.

A spokesman for the Taoiseach said, “He lives in an apartment block and once again regrets any disruption to his neighbours going about their normal business.”

The Fine Gael leader wasn’t home when the disruption took place however, as he’s currently in Egypt to attend the EU-Arab League Summit.

It’s the second week in a row that this has happened, despite the largely negative response protesters received from the public for their stunt.

Varadkar was in Portugal on a private holiday at the time, where he also took time to meet with the country’s Prime Minister, Antonio Costa.

Health Minister Simon Harris recently criticised protesters who “trapped” him inside his family home earlier this month.

Speaking to Brendan O’Connor on RTÉ Radio 1’s Marian Finucane Show, he said, “This was not a protest, this was a clear attempt to intimidate me and my neighbours. I think it was intimidation and thuggery. It felt like a violation, it was a violation.

“Imagine being in your house on a Sunday afternoon and feeling that you can’t leave. My wife is not a public figure. My three-week-old baby is not a public figure.”