By Sean Ryan
A Labour senator has revealed how he was trapped inside his car, while bottles and stones were thrown at it, during a water charge protest in Dublin last week.
Senator Denis Landy, aged 53, said that he and a member of his staff were trapped in the car for about 20 minutes by protesters while he tried to get to Leinster House.
The Carrick-on-Suir native said: ''It was extremely unpleasant to be surrounded by people firing implements at your car.
"This is our national parliament and we should be allowed to come and go in a democracy without being subject to that type of abuse."
He said that the protest delayed him by more than three hours.
He added: "I originally wanted to leave at 6pm for a meeting, but eventually left at 7.30pm and again my car was surrounded on Kildare Street so I had no option but to abandon it and leave."