Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said that the targeting of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s private home during a protest by members of a group opposing abortion legislation was “a bridge too far”.

Mr Noonan was responding to reports that Mr Kenny’s home in Castlebar was targeted by the group, and that a visit by him to a ceremony in Longford was also targeted yesterday.

Mr Noonan said that while the expression of views by individual groups is part of democracy they should not have protested at a private home.

“That’s a bridge too far in my view,” Mr Noonan said.

He added that he was continuing his business around Limerick city and country quite openly and had not been subject to protests.

Mr Noonan said he did not think there were many within the Fine Gael party who are against the abortion leigislative proposals as they stand.

He said his party do not give free votes, and everybody who goes forward as a candidate for Fine Gael signs a pledge that they will vote with the party.