The Finance Minister Michael Noonan said some of the anti-water charge protestors "don't want to pay at all" before he was heckled and jeered at an event in Limerick today.
Around 80 anti-water charges protesters gathered outside the Absolute Hotel in the city to voice their anger at the charges.
The minister avoided the crowd by being driven down the wrong way of a one-way street and ushered into the hotel by gardaí.
Around a dozen uniformed officers provided a cordon around the entrance.
Speaking at an earlier event, the Minister said he did not think the revised water charges package to be announced on Wednesday would stop the protests.
Mr Noonan said: "I don't know, it is very hard to estimate, I mean some people are protesting because they don't want to pay at all.
"But we govern for the centre, we govern for the reasonable people, and reasonable people were upset by the way in which this was handled."