Minihan may face charges for Harney paint attack
Published 03/11/2010 | 05:00
GARDAI investigating the paint attack on Health Minister Mary Harney have sent a file on the incident to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
As a result, Dublin city councillor Louise Minihan (below) may be charged with an offence under the Public Order Act.
Ms Minihan, who defected from Sinn Fein to join the left-wing republican group Eirigi, was arrested by gardai immediately after the attack on Monday morning.
She was an invited guest at the sod-turning ceremony at Cherry Orchard hospital in Ballyfermot, Dublin, when she squirted the red paint from a bottle, splashing the minister and her garda driver.
Ms Minihan, who is from Ballyfermot, was later released from custody. The DPP will now determine whether criminal charges should be brought.
Possible charges include a breach of the peace, causing criminal damage and assault.
Meanwhile, Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy held a special meeting with his senior management team at the Garda College in Templemore yesterday to review the existing security and protection arrangements for ministers, office holders and other high-profile figures in the wake of the paint attack.
It is understood the group agreed there should be no changes to current arrangements and will issue this recommendation to the Government if asked for advice.