Attack spells trouble as minister targeted

GARDAÍ were last night continuing to investigate an attack on the constituency office of Minister Noel Dempsey in which the building was daubed with a misspelling of word “traitors”.

The office of the Transport Minister in Trim, Co Meath, was targeted sometime between 2.30am and 7.30am yesterday.

Several windows were smashed and the word “TRATIORS” [sic] was written with red spray paint across the front of the premises.

A statement on behalf of Mr Dempsey said the premises was a “local office for local people” and “that Minister Dempsey will continue to serve local people undeterred”.

The attack is part of a growing wave of graffiti appearing around the country denouncing the Government. On a prominent building in the Bray area of Wicklow “stop NAMA” and “Dick Roche minister for Misery,” have been daubed.

Hours after the Trim incident, gardaí arrested and formally charged Dublin City councillor Louise Minihan in relation to her pouring paint over Health Minister Mary Harney earlier this month.

An unbowed Ms Minihan confirmed she had been charged with three offences of assault, damage to property (namely Ms Harney’s dress) and breach of the peace.

“This state has shown time and again that there is one law for the rich and powerful and one law for the rest of us,” she said, adding that by charging her “gardaí are trying to deter people from opposing the upcoming blood budget and the wider austerity measures”.

Brian Leeson, chairman of Ms Minihan’s Éirigí political party, said: “The treatment that the state has meted out to Louise stands in sharp contrast to how the bankers, property developers and politicians have been dealt with.”

He called on people to support this Saturday’s trade union-sponsored protest in Dublin, which organisers expect more than 30,000 to attend.

The official march is making its way from Wood Quay to the GPO where it will be addressed by ICTU president Jack O’Connor.

A number of political groups are organising protests to coincide with the larger event, including pickets at the Central Bank and Dáil.

Incidents of “civil disobedience” and “direct action protest” from across the country are being catalogued on a blog entitled “rise like lions,” which also features the current crisis’s first protest song — “Céad míle fáilte to the IMF”.

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