Around 130 pensioners have called on the Government to protect the weakest in society at a meeting in Dublin city centre.

The meeting, organised by Age Action Ireland, heard from a number of speakers who voiced anger at how they are threatened with poverty.

They contrasted their situation with that of retiring politicians, who receive large pensions and drive around in State cars.

The speakers accused the Government of being out of touch with the anger and worry of the elderly.

Opposition politicians who attended the meeting were barracked as they tried to address the gathering.

Fine Gael TD Catherine Byrne was interrupted by one woman who accused her of electioneering.

Labour Spokesperson on Social and Family Affairs Roisin Shortall was interrupted by a man who wanted to know if Labour would cut all politicians pensions by half.

No Government politicians attended the meeting due to the slim Dáil majority the Government is now depending on.