UP to 40 protestors chanted: “Shame, shame, shame,” to Environment Minister Phil Hogan as he attended the official opening of the new Ferrybank Library, in the extreme south of County Kilkenny this morning. The area had been crying out for the facility and when Minister Hogan became a member of the Cabinet he made the provision of the library in Ferrybank a priority.
When the speeches began inside the vacant shopping centre, a number of anti-household charge protestors started banging their placards off the windows. Minister Hogan was unperturbed and thanked everyone for the welcome he had received. That was the only reference he made to the people who confronted him as he entered the building. Later on he went to Thomastown for the official opening of the E2.4 million waste water treatment centre, overlooking Grennan and Thomastown GAA grounds.
Sen Pat O’Neill commented that it must be the only place in the country where a minster was heckled after securing millions of euros of grants for the people of his constituency.