‘World’s toughest ambassador’ tackles protestor in Dublin

‘World’s toughest ambassador’ tackles Dublin protestor
26/5/2016 Canadian Ambassador H.E. Kevin Vickers today tackled a protestor at the 1916 event in Grangegorman Cemetary. Photograph: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

Canada’s ambassador to Ireland, who shot to fame for stopping a gunman on Parliament Hill in 2014, hit the headlines again last week after he tackled a protestor in Dublin.

Kevin Vickers stopped Brian Murphy from protesting at a commemoration event at the Grangegorman Military Cemetery to remember the British soldiers who died during the Easter Rising.

‘World’s toughest ambassador’ tackles Dublin protestor
Photograph: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

Now, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau is being quizzed over what action will be taken over the events. At a Liberal party event in Winnipeg, the PM did not defend Vickers’ actions but kept quiet about whether he would be disciplining him.

“It’s always easy to second guess choices people make in emergency or unexpected situations,” he said.

“Canadians expect our diplomats abroad to do the right thing, to represent us well. We’re a country of people who believe in helping out and being part of the solutions, not part of the problems.

“That’s the perspective I take on this particular issue.”

Watch the video of Kevin Vickers here:

COMMENTS (0)

Sign in or create your account to join the discussion

Register now to keep updated with the latest Irish news

  • Email updates
  • Competitions and give aways
  • Full access to 28 years of archives

Sign up to our Newsletter to be in with a chance to win a snazzy iPad and for all the latest...

  • Email updates
  • Regular features
  • Competitions and give aways