Taoiseach Enda Kenny was heckled by protesters when he arrived in Killarney, Co Kerry, for the presentation of a humanitarian award on Saturday night.
A small group, who said they were from the Kerry branch of the United Left Alliance, held up placards and jeered Mr Kenny as he entered the Killarney Plaza Hotel.
They protested about the salaries and pensions of bankers and politicians, and multi-billion euro bailout payments.
“How big is your pension pot Enda — an 89-year-old woman can’t get an hour of home help?” one screamed.
Mr Kenny approached the group and told them he did not come from a family of millionaires.
“Who will you be meeting in Heaven?” a woman asked the Taoiseach
“I hope to meet St Peter at the gate anyway. I hope he sends me to the right hand side,” he retorted.
Mr Kenny was in town for the annual Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty weekend, which was also attended by Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles John Brown, the British Ambassador Dominick Chilcott, Bishop Bill Murphy, of Kerry, and retired Supreme Court Judge Hugh O’Flaherty, who is the monsignor’s nephew.
Upwards of 200 people attended the presentation of the award to Sr Agnes Hunt, the first woman to be appointed to the chaplaincy in a male prison in England, 34 years ago.
She spent 16 years at Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London, and was nominated for the award by the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO) due to her commitment and empathy towards Irish prisoners overseas and their families.
Mons O’Flaherty, who grew up in Killarney, became known as the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican and is credited with saving the lives of upwards of 6,000 Jews and Allied prisoners-of-war in German-occupied Rome during the Second World War.
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