Here is a bitter experience for Tony Blair in Dublin. Eggs, bottles and shoes have been thrown at the former Prime Minister Tony Blair as he was attending his book signing function. It happened as he arrived at Easons on O’Connell Street in the city to sign copies of his autobiography. Anti-war protesters have thrown the missiles at Blain which did not hit the target. Four people were arrested as activists clashed with Irish police at a security barrier outside the bookshop. Around 200 protesters demonstrated at Mr Blair’s role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on one side of the street on Saturday morning. On the other side, more than 300 people gathered to get a copy of his book signed. It was Mr Blair’s first book-signing since the publication of his autobiography.
BBC Northern Ireland reporter Julian O’Neill said one of the activists had managed to get into the book shop. "We talked to one person who managed to get in the book shop to get her book signed and as Mr Blair was signing her copy she said she wanted to make a citizen’s arrest for war crimes," he said. "She said Mr Blair looked a little taken aback but before she knew it she was surrounded by four security personnel who ushered her into the stairwell." There was a large police presence in Dublin and O’Connell Street was closed to traffic. Among those who turned out to see Mr Blair was Emily Lynch, from Termofeckin, County Louth, who praised him for playing a huge part in Irish history. "He helped make a very important moment in Ireland," she said.
"He is the only prime minister Irish people can relate to and feel he’s on our side, before that there had been nothing like that." Groups represented at the demonstration included the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Coalition and the 32-County Sovereignty Movement. Richard Boyd-Barrett, of the Irish Anti-War Movement, accused Mr Blair of making "blood
money" from the memoirs. Mr Blair has said he was going to hand over the £4 million of advance payment for his book of autobiography and all royalties to the Royal British Legion. (Could it be more reasonable if the money is paid to the families of the soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan war?) His memoir are said to include his memories of life at Downing Street, the 9/11 attacks in the US and Princess Diana’s death. His rift with his successor Gordon Brown and drinking habits were also said to be detailed in the book.
Role in Ireland
The book also deals with his efforts to acquire peace in Northern Ireland and his relationships with the key political players. He admitted that he often stretched the truth past breaking point to get agreement during the peace process and he admits that he took horrendous chances with the political parties. His book, ‘A Journey’ has already become Waterstone’s fastest-selling autobiography ever and shot to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list. Easons said on Saturday that there had been an "unprecedented demand" for Mr Blair’s autobiography. Managing director Conor Whelan said: "We have had a huge customer demand for Tony Blair’s book."