Mr Barry, who campaigned for a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, said the vandalism had been reported to the gardaí.
He said of the perpetrators: “If people have such strong anti-choice opinions, they might be better campaigning for free contraception and sex education, rather than running around in the cover of darkness vandalising the offices of pro-repeal TDs."
Mr Barry labelled the act “cowardly” and said he was “bloody annoyed” that he had to give up the Saturday morning of his bank holiday weekend to deal with the issue.
“I’ve been campaigning for abortion rights for more than 35 years, so this kind of thing is water off a duck’s back for me, at this stage, but there are other people working in that office and it is not on and it is not going to intimidate us one little bit,” he added.
Mr Barry said that most ‘no’ voters would be disgusted by these actions. “I know many, many ordinary people who voted ‘no’ on May 25 who will completely oppose, and be disgusted by, these type of actions. I think the vast, overwhelming majority of people who voted ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in the referendum will be disgusted by the actions of these fanatics.”
Pro-life campaigner, John O’Donovan, condemned the vandals. “I’ve never believed in pulling down posters or graffitiing any place. I don’t believe in that kind of tactics. I fought with the Life Institute. We fought terribly hard and we are devastated by it. We are deeply hurt and I feel that no one represents me, politically, in this country, but I totally condemn that type of behaviour.”
Meanwhile, a repeal mural on the Earth Cafe, at the corner of Grand Parade and South Mall, was also vandalised, with the words ‘blood on your hands’.
A spokesperson for the cafe said: “They are very sore that they lost and are trying to vent their frustration by vandalising buildings in the middle of the night. We repealed and won. A little paint isn’t going to upset us at all.”