Kiernan ‘pushed and shoved’ at FG Ard Fheis

newbridge Town Councillor Emma Kiernan had to be removed by gardai to safety after she found herself in the middle of angry protesters against the household tax at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis which was held in Dublin at the weekend.

newbridge Town Councillor Emma Kiernan had to be removed by gardai to safety after she found herself in the middle of angry protesters against the household tax at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis which was held in Dublin at the weekend.

The Fine Gael councillor walked out of the Convention Centre on Saturday afternoon to find herself in the middle of the protest where she was “pushed and shoved” according to her party colleague Cllr Tony O’Donnell.

Cllr Kiernan was unavailable for comment however her colleague said she was not phased by the incident.

“She came out of the Ard Fheis wearing her ID badge and walked into the protest,” he said. “She was pushed and shoved and had to be removed by gardai. Emma is a very tough cookie and was fine afterwards. It happened around 2.30pm on Saturday. She forgot to take her ID off and walked out innocently not realising that protesters were on that side of the building and was accosted.”

Cllr Kiernan was just one of a number of delegates who were assaulted, spat at, kicked and intimidated on their way into the 76th Fine Gael Ard Fheis last Saturday including an elderly man of 70 from Kilkenny.

The protesters were campaigning against the €100 household charge which had to be paid by Saturday, March 31 last.