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Roderic O’Gorman’s house targeted by protesters in Dublin

The home of the Minister of Integration was targeted by a group of protesters last night.

Banners reading ‘South Dublin Says No’ were attached to the balustrades outside Roderic O’Gorman’s home in west Dublin.

The banners also called on him to ‘Close the Borders’.

A video on social media shows a number of people standing outside.

Gardaí have confirmed they remained present until the group dispersed, but say they do not comment on the security arrangements of any individual or group.

Labor law spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said Newstalk breakfast The targeting of politicians must stop.

“I’m running in the European elections and this has already been the most toxic and abusive campaign I’ve ever been involved in – and I’ve been doing so for 20 years,” he said.

“Something has changed, there has definitely been a change in the way people interact with each other.

“I am very concerned about the direction politics is taking.”

‘Important to turn it down’

Deputy Ó Ríordáin said parties are finding it difficult to find people willing to stand as candidates.

“All political parties find it difficult to mobilize people,” he said.

“Every political party will talk to each other and say, ‘We can’t get candidates to stand for local elections,’ and this is the reason.

“How we interact with each other politically is important to reduce this.”

Deputy Ó Ríordáin said those involved in ‘inciting’ issues need to think.

“This kind of thing of going to individuals’ homes: if it’s politicians today, it could be teachers tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow it could be security guards,” he said.

“It could be anyone who has authority or influence in any community.

“Those involved in this need to step back, but those pushing this need to think about what they say and the influence they have,” he added.

Protesters have gathered before outside the homes of Simon Harris and Leo Varadkar who were widely condemned.

Main photo: Minister Roderic O’Gorman outside government buildings briefing the media, 5/23/23. Image: Sasko Lazarov / RollingNews.ie