Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that water charge protesters in Sligo last night showed "scant regard" for the safety of women and children.
Hundreds of people turned out for an anti-water charge protest and a number of demonstrators surrounded Enda Kenny's car as he arrived, while one man climbed on the bonnet.
One woman was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel.
Speaking on his way into Cabinet this morning, the Taoiseach was critical of those involved in the scuffles.
"Democracy is for everybody," Mr Kenny told reporters when questioned about last night's events.
"Maybe you should go and ask the people who carry on like that.
"Certainly in Sligo last night they showed scant regard for women and children who were there.
"Scant regard, I have to say."