Taoiseach Enda Kenny has denied that he has a policy of refusing to meet local groups after turning down requests to meet campaigners in Donegal.
Speaking during his first visit to Donegal North East as Taoiseach Mr Kenny said the failure to meet the groups was simply a matter of scheduling.
Anti-austerity campaigners and Donegal Action for Cancer care had both sought meetings with the taoiseach during his visit. He was speaking during a visit to US company Pramerica in Letterkenny. He was later met by anti-austerity protestors in Milford as he visited Loreto Community School. Angry protesters threw eggs and oranges at his car.
The taoiseach was accused by Donegal TD Pearse Doherty of “cowardly” behaviour by “sneaking” into the county and refusing to meet the public.
“It is not a policy,” the taoiseach said. “It is simply a matter of scheduling. I understand the groups have already met two ministers face to face to give them their concerns and their anxieties.”