Leo Varadkar’s meeting in Ballincollig, Cork attracted up to 250 Fine Gael supporters on Friday night, including the party’s ten candidates seeking election in five Cork constituencies, and whilst An Taoiseach was on the defensive about an allegedly “choreographed” timing of the election around Brexit, it was events afterwards that proved to be more heated.
A number of men angrily confronted Tánaiste Simon Coveney as he left the meeting, expressing their frustration with the party’s support for abortion and its immigration policies.
Although the men claimed not to be representing any particular group, they did tell reporter Naomi O’Leary that they were “Irish nationalists” who are opposed to what they allege is Simon Coveney’s plan to bring 500,000 immigrants to the country by 2040.
Quite a tense scene at Fine Gael event in Ballincollig. A group ambushed Simon Coveney as he was leaving, shouting 'traitor' and anti-abortion slogans. They wouldn't tell me what group if any they were from, just said they were "Irish nationalists" pic.twitter.com/Jz1JFRkax2
— Naomi O'Leary (@NaomiOhReally) January 31, 2020