Wednesday 20 September 2017

Cycle mad Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has bike stolen outside HQ office

Eamon Ryan, far right, on his bike that was stolen Wednesday afternoon
Eamon Ryan, far right, on his bike that was stolen Wednesday afternoon
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan

David Kearns

Green party leader Eamon Ryan has had his bicycle stolen from outside his party offices.

Issuing a public plea to help recover his stolen bike, the self-confessed cycling addict said it was taken from outside his party’s headquarters on Suffolk Street in Dublin City Wednesday afternoon.

“It is a very busy street so I would never have thought that anyone would have dared to take it during the day,” he told Joe Duffy on RTE’s Liveline.

The former minister said his bike was locked securely to a lamp post while he was in his party's HQ, and that it was likely taken between 3-6pm.

He is asking anyone with CCTV footage of the area to come forward and help identify the thieves.

Describing it has a “hybrid mountain bike”, Mr Ryan said it was a "Giant" brand that had straight handlebars and a pink saddle cover.

“Unfortunately, if the thieves have any sense they’ll have removed that straight away,” he said.

“People think that bikes are just something that can be easily replaced but for many cyclists like myself it is a very personal thing to be stolen.”

Figures from the Garda show that less than 10pc of stolen bikes are recovered, a number that Mr Ryan said should be “a growing concern” to the Government.

“It is a sad fact that you are asking for trouble using a fancy/expensive bike around Dublin,” he said.

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