Driver wants no truck with politicians

IF only the real Anglo Irish car crash could be disposed of so quickly.

Rescue crews removed the mess from the epicentre of public life within two hours of its arrival and at minimal cost to the taxpayer – the bank bailout it was protesting will burn into us for decades to come and see this country haemorrhage upwards of €30bn.

But, jamming a cement mixer truck into the gates of Leinster House first thing in the morning – what was the demonstrator thinking of? Didn’t he realise that after a mere 81-day summer break deputies needed to ease back into the old routine and wouldn’t be turning up until 2.30pm?

One Fianna Fáiler still didn’t quite seem to be awake later in the day and said he couldn’t see what the man was getting at.

Though, as the mixer was emblazoned with slogans like “Toxic Bank Anglo”, “€1m on golf balls,” “All Politicians Should Be Sacked,” maybe the Government member should really have been paying a bit more attention to what was going on around him.

Heroically, Fine Gael education spokesman Fergus O’Dowd was at his Dáil desk at the early hour of the unexpected attempted entry – no doubt ex-teacher Enda Kenny had left him there doing lines in detention as he scribbled: “I must not let Labour make us look like idiots over pairing Mary Coughlan again. I must not let...”

Mr O’Dowd was concerned for the Garda who had to jump out of the path of the truck, but as only minor damage was done to the gate paint work and the demonstrator stopped short of ramming his vehicle through the barriers and onto the plinth, he became an instant folk hero to many with the police station he was taken to inundated with calls of support for him from the public applauding the protest.

It was crude, rude and probably illegal, but as the national parliament finally returned to life, it was also – sadly – the most popular and to the point Dáil intervention of the day.


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