Fine Gael conference in Limerick set for two protests

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will attend the Fine Gael conference in Limerick this weekend
ANTI-AUSTERITY protestors and pro-life advocates are to demonstrate at Fine Gael’s conference in Limerick this weekend.

ANTI-AUSTERITY protestors and pro-life advocates are to demonstrate at Fine Gael’s conference in Limerick this weekend.

More than 2,000 delegates are expected at Fine Gael’s annual conference at the South Court Hotel, which gets under way on Friday.

As delegates arrive between 5pm and 6.30pm, anti-austerity demonstrators will make their voices heard outside the Raheen hotel.

Although organised by the Anti-Austerity Alliance movement, the protest will be led by Garryowen pensioner Brian Hinchy.

He has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny to ask why the government is seeking to take the property tax from his pension.

The intervention is significant, as Finance Minister Michael Noonan will reveal his Budget for 2014 just a few days later.

Meanwhile, the anti-abortion movement Youth Defence have been advising Mass-goers across Limerick that they will stage their own demonstration at 6pm this Saturday evening.

They are furious with Fine Gael for going back on an election promise not to legalise limited abortion, and will use their demonstration outside the conference to urge the party to repeal the law. The conference takes place across this Friday 12, and Saturday 13. Taoiseach Kenny is expected to address the event on Saturday night.